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Meaning of “carnival” in the English Dictionary

"carnival" in British English

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carnivalnoun

uk   /ˈkɑː.nɪ.vəl/  us   /ˈkɑːr-/
B2 [C or U] (a ​specialoccasion or ​period of) ​publicenjoyment and ​entertainmentinvolvingwearingunusualclothes, ​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 ​outsideentertainment where there are ​machines for ​riding on and ​games that can be ​played for ​prizes [C] US (UK fete) a ​publicevent, often ​heldoutside, where you can take ​part in competitions and ​buysmall things and ​food, often ​organized to ​collectmoney for a ​particularpurpose
(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 ​outsideentertainment 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 ​publicenjoyment and ​entertainment when ​peoplewearunusualclothes, ​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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