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carnivalnoun

uk   /ˈkɑː.nɪ.vəl/ us   /ˈkɑːr.nə.vəl/
B2 [C or U] (a special occasion or period of) public enjoyment and entertainment involving wearing unusual clothes, dancing, and eating and drinking, usually held in the streets of a city: a Caribbean carnival There's a real carnival atmosphere in the streets.
[C] US UK funfair a place of outside entertainment where there are machines for riding on and games that can be played for prizes
[C] US UK fete a public event, often held outside, where you can take part in competitions and buy small things and food, often organized to collect money for a particular purpose
(Definition of carnival from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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carnivalnoun [C/U]

us   /ˈkɑr·nə·vəl/
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.
(Definition of carnival from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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