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The noun came into English via Italian carnevale, related to medieval Latin carnelevārium, from a Latin phrase (carnem levāre ‘to put away flesh (as food), to stop eating meat’). Carnival marks the last days before the Christian fasting period of Lent.

  • a carnival parade, colourful floats and costumes, plastic party streamers, paper streamers, a fancy dress competition, a firework display, a festive mood, festive celebrations, joyful atmosphere, an exuberant crowd
  • dress up as a (gorilla), enjoy dressing up in costumes, put on a frightening mask, wear wigs, throw confetti, let your hair down, have fun, enjoy yourself

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