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English definition of “carnival”

carnival

noun [C/U]  /ˈkɑr·nə·vəl/ us  
a place of outside entertainment where there are machines you can ride on and games that can be played for prizes: [C] There’s a carnival in Payson Park this weekend. A carnival is also a time of public enjoyment and entertainment when people wear unusual clothes, dance, and eat and drink, usually in the streets of a city.
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