Synonyms for carnival
- Mardi Gras
- amusement park
- grind show
- side show
- street fair
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CARNIVAL
If many people went to the carnival they must have approached it from the other direction.
They say that you want to give your daughter in marriage to a someone in a Carnival costume?
When is the carnival, and when does this piece of tomfoolery come off?
And you think you would like to go to the Carnival Ball, hey?
It was Sunday, the first day of the carnival, and that devoted to the ball of the season.
And the night before Carnival, too, when they usually got such a crowd.
The child was dressed in some carnival costume, and apparently he was on his way to this house.
He did rejoice in the Carnival, but only because it was the end.
He had heard the line before, from almost every carnival buyer to whom he had sold.
It was the Carnival week again—the mad blaspheming week of revelry and devilry.
1540s, "time of merrymaking before Lent," from French carnaval, from Italian carnevale "Shrove Tuesday," from older Italian forms such as Milanese *carnelevale, Old Pisan carnelevare "to remove meat," literally "raising flesh," from Latin caro "flesh" (see carnage) + levare "lighten, raise, remove" (see lever (n.)). Folk etymology is from Medieval Latin carne vale " 'flesh, farewell!' " Meaning "a circus or fair" is attested by 1931 in North America.