One of various large carnivals held before the beginning of Lent, especially in Latin America.
Any of a number of festivals held just before the beginning of Lent.
‘Carnival of Brazil’; ‘Venice Carnival’;
A festive occasion marked by parades and sometimes special foods and other entertainment.
(US) A traveling amusement park, called a funfair in British English.
‘We all got to ride the merry-go-round when they brought their carnival to town.’; ‘When the carnival came to town, every one wanted some cotton candy.’;
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.’;
Any merrymaking, feasting, or masquerading, especially when overstepping the bounds of decorum; a time of riotous excess.
‘He saw the lean dogs beneath the wallHold o'er the dead their carnival’;
a festival marked by merrymaking and processions
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’;
a traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc.
an annual festival, typically during the week before Lent in Roman Catholic countries, involving processions, music, dancing, and the use of masquerade
‘a carnival parade’; ‘Mardi Gras is the last day of carnival’; ‘the culmination of the week-long carnival’;
a public event or celebration, typically held outdoors and involving stalls, entertainment, and processions
‘children from Wroughton are getting ready for the village carnival’;
an exciting or riotous mixture of elements
‘the film is a visual and aural carnival’;
a travelling funfair or circus
‘he worked at a carnival, climbing Ferris wheels and working 18-hour days’;
Carnival is a Western Christian festive season that occurs before the liturgical season of Lent. The main events typically occur during February or early March, during the period historically known as Shrovetide (or Pre-Lent).