Meaning of “carnival” in the English Dictionary

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"carnival" in British English

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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)