Part of speech: noun

A period of gaiety, just before Lent; a revel.

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Usage examples "carnival":

  1. For a couple of weeks before the " fly- fisher's carnival" sport is always uncertain. - "A Cotswold Village", J. Arthur Gibbs.
  2. Till far into the young day does the avenue resound with the merriment of the people's winter carnival. - "Children of the Tenements", Jacob A. Riis.
  3. Ben- Hepple tells us that it was during a masked carnival in the Park of Versailles that she first attracted the attention of the amorous King. - "Terribly Intimate Portraits", Noël Coward.