A selection of ‘Carnival’ definitions found online:



An annual festival, typically during the week before Lent in Roman Catholic countries, involving processions, music, dancing, and the use of masquerade.



(a special occasion or period of) public enjoyment and entertainment involving wearing unusual clothesdancing, and eating and drinking, usually held in the streets of a city:



A carnival is a public festival during which people play music and sometimes dance in the streets.

A carnival is a travelling show which is held in a park or field and at which there are machines to ride on, entertainments, and games.

A carnival of something such as colours or sounds is a bright or exciting mixture of them.


Miriam Webster:

1: a season or festival of merrymaking before Lent

2a: an instance of merrymaking, feasting, or masquerading

b: an instance of riotous excess, a carnival of violence

3a: a traveling enterprise offering amusements

b: an organized program of entertainment or exhibition



A traveling amusement show, having sideshows, rides, etc.

Any merrymaking, revelry, or festival, as a program of sports or entertainment

The season immediately preceding Lent, often observed with merrymaking; Shrovetide


 The Free Dictionary:

  1. often Carnival The period of merrymaking and feasting celebrated just before Lent.
  2. A traveling amusement show usually including rides, games, and sideshows.
  3. A festival or revel: winter carnival.


Oxford Learner Dictionary:

​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 coloured clothes



 a traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc.

a festival marked by merrymaking and processions

 a frenetic disorganized (and often comic) disturbance suggestive of a large public entertainment