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carnival


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Carnival  \Car"ni*val\,  n.  [It.  carnevale  prob.  for  older 
  carnelevale  prop.,  the  putting  away  of  meat;  fr  L.  caro, 
  carnis,  flesh  +  levare  to  take  away  lift  up  fr  levis 
  light.] 
  1.  A  festival  celebrated  with  merriment  and  revelry  in  Roman 
  Gatholic  countries  during  the  week  before  Lent,  esp.  at 
  Rome  and  Naples,  during  a  few  days  (three  to  ten)  before 
  Lent,  ending  with  Shrove  Tuesday. 
 
  The  carnival  at  Venice  is  everywhere  talked  of 
  --Addison. 
 
  2.  Any  merrymaking,  feasting,  or  masquerading,  especially 
  when  overstepping  the  bounds  of  decorum;  a  time  of  riotous 
  excess.  --Tennyson. 
 
  He  saw  the  lean  dogs  beneath  the  wall  Hold  o'er  the 
  dead  their  carnival  --Byron. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  carnival 
  n  1:  a  festival  marked  by  merrymaking  and  processions 
  2:  a  frenetic  disorganized  (and  often  comic)  disturbance 
  suggestive  of  a  circus  or  carnival;  "it  was  so  funny  it 
  was  a  circus";  "the  whole  occasion  had  a  carnival 
  atmosphere"  [syn:  {circus}] 
  3:  a  traveling  show  having  sideshows  and  rides  and  games  of 
  skill  etc  [syn:  {fair},  {funfair}] 




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