Definition of carnival:
- A festival celebrated with merriment and revelry in Roman Gatholic countries during the week before Lent, esp. at Rome and Naples, during a few days ( three to ten) before Lent, ending with Shrove Tuesday.
- Any merrymaking, feasting, or masquerading, especially when overstepping the bounds of decorum; a time of riotous excess.
feast, holiday, funfair, wassail, celebration, frolic, genus Circus, Mardi Gras, fair, sideshow, amusement park, fete, pleasure ground, circus, exposition, revelry, festival, show, heyday, merrymaking, festivity, orgy, gala, bazaar, debauch, carousal, rout, Saturnalia, masquerade, jamboree, spree.
Through the thinning wood which neared the stream presently there came a glow and then the shine of a great fire ahead, with massed figures that leaped and sprang, fantastic as a witch's carnival, and a roar of frightful voices.- "The Maid of the Whispering Hills", Vingie E. Roe.
- "Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-Up Bar-20", Clarence Edward Mulford.
Many organizations were present in a body, and one was reminded, by the variety and beauty of the decorations of their boxes, of the Venetian Carnival, as the occupants gazed down from amid the silken banners and the flowers, upon the throng below.- "Eighty Years And More; Reminiscences 1815-1897", Elizabeth Cady Stanton.