carnivalesque


carnivalesque

noun

  1. a traveling amusement show, having sideshows, rides, etc.
  2. any merrymaking, revelry, or festival, as a program of sports or entertainment: a winter carnival.
  3. the season immediately preceding Lent, often observed with merrymaking; Shrovetide.

adjective

  1. characteristic of, suitable for, or like a carnival

noun

    1. a festive occasion or period marked by merrymaking, processions, etc: esp in some Roman Catholic countries, the period just before Lent
    2. (as modifier)a carnival atmosphere
  1. a travelling fair having merry-go-rounds, etc
  2. a show or display arranged as an amusement
  3. Australian a sports meeting
n.

1540s, “time of merrymaking before Lent,” from French carnaval, from Italian carnevale “Shrove Tuesday,” from older Italian forms such as Milanese *carnelevale, Old Pisan carnelevare “to remove meat,” literally “raising flesh,” from Latin caro “flesh” (see carnage) + levare “lighten, raise, remove” (see lever (n.)). Folk etymology is from Medieval Latin carne vale ” ‘flesh, farewell!’ ” Meaning “a circus or fair” is attested by 1931 in North America.

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