Meaning of “merry-go-round” in the English Dictionary

"merry-go-round" in British English

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merry-go-roundnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmer.i.ɡəʊˌraʊnd/ us /ˈmer.i.ɡoʊˌraʊnd/

merry-go-round noun [ C ] (FOR CHILDREN)

UK also roundabout, US also carousel a large machine at a fair that turns round and has wooden or plastic animals or vehicles on which children ride:

The girls wanted the merry-go-round to go faster.

US UK roundabout a flat, round piece of equipment in play areas on which children sit or stand and are pushed round and round

(Definition of “merry-go-round” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"merry-go-round" in American English

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merry-go-roundnoun [ C ]

us /ˈmer·i·ɡoʊˌrɑʊnd/ also carousel

a circular stage with brightly colored artificial animals that children can ride on while it turns around and around as music plays

(Definition of “merry-go-round” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)