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carnival

noun uk   /ˈkɑː.nɪ.vəl/ us    /ˈkɑːr-/
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
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