Carnivalesque



a traveling amusement show, having sideshows, rides, etc.
any merrymaking, revelry, or festival, as a program of sports or entertainment:
a winter carnival.
the season immediately preceding Lent, often observed with merrymaking; Shrovetide.
Contemporary Examples

Her first feature, Orphans , received a Jury Prize at the 2007 SXSW Film Festival and was released on DVD by carnivalesque Films.
Thank God My Moms Are Lesbians Ry Russo-Young June 20, 2010

Historical Examples

Salamandering with an iron that has a gay, carnivalesque design can make a sort of harlequin Ramekin.
The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown

The Florentines at any rate spend no more money nor faith on the carnivalesque.
Italian Hours Henry James

adjective
characteristic of, suitable for, or like a carnival
noun

a festive occasion or period marked by merrymaking, processions, etc: esp in some Roman Catholic countries, the period just before Lent
(as modifier): a carnival atmosphere

a travelling fair having merry-go-rounds, etc
a show or display arranged as an amusement
(Austral) a sports meeting
adjective

pertaining to a carnival, esp. to its wildness and revelry
Examples

A carnivalesque atmosphere is often depicted in art and literature.
Word Origin

carnival + (burl)esque
n.

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.

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