|Carnival in Venice|
(photo by Stefan Insam)
Noun & adjective. Mid-16th century.
[Italian carne-, carnovale (whence French carnaval) from medieval Latin carnelevamen, -varium Shrovetide,
from Latin caro, carn- flesh + levare put away.]
A1 noun. In Roman Catholic countries, the week (originally the day) before Lent, devoted to festivities;
Shrovetide; the festivity of this season. M16
A2 noun. Any period or occasion of riotous revelry or feasting;
a festival (especially at a regular date) usually involving a procession. L16
A3 noun. A travelling funfair; a circus. N.American. M20
B attributive or as adjective. Of or pertaining to a carnival; resembling or characteristic of a carnival. E17
carnivalesque adjective characteristic or of the style of a carnival M18
carnivalite noun a reveller at a carnival L19
|A funfair or, if you're American, a carnival|
(photo by Nick Holland)
Are you a carnivalite?
Do you too immediately search out the spit-roast, burger van, hot-dog stand and goat pit?
Do please roll up, roll up and get your comments right here.