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Definition of carnival:

  1. 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.
  2. Any merrymaking, feasting, or masquerading, especially when overstepping the bounds of decorum; a time of riotous excess.

Synonyms:

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.

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