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Definition of carnival noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a type of entertainment in a field or park at which people can ride on large machines and play games to win prizes synonym fair
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] a public festival, usually one that happens at a regular time each year, that involves music and dancing in the streets, for which people wear brightly colored clothes There is a local carnival every year. the carnival in Rio a carnival atmosphere
  3. 3[singular] carnival of something (formal) an exciting or brightly colored mixture of things this summer's carnival of sports
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: carnival