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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Italian
Origin: carnevale, from carne 'meat' ( CARNATION) + levare 'to remove'; because after Carnival people stopped eating meat for a period

carnival

noun
     
Related topics: Leisure, School
car‧ni‧val
1 [uncountable and countable] a public event at which people play music, wear special clothes, and dance in the streets:
preparations for this year's carnival
when it's Carnival in Rio
2 [countable] American EnglishDL a noisy outdoor event at which you can ride on special machines and play games for prizes [= funfair British English]
3 [countable] American EnglishSES a school event at which students play games for prizes
4

carnival of something

literary an exciting mixture of things:
Shakespeare's carnival of images

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