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.
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
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
characteristic of, suitable for, or like a carnival
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
pertaining to a carnival, esp. to its wildness and revelry
A carnivalesque atmosphere is often depicted in art and literature.
carnival + (burl)esque
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.
the order comprising the carnivores. Historical Examples To this anciently extinct family we may trace all the varieties of existing Carnivora. Zoology: The Science of Animal Life Ernest Ingersoll Adopting his idea, Cuvier referred the seals to an order of Carnivora. Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution Alpheus Spring Packard From the conspicuous development of such […]
an animal that eats flesh. a flesh-eating mammal of the order Carnivora, comprising the dogs, cats, bears, seals, and weasels. an insectivorous plant. Contemporary Examples In Area D the child’s right foot bones were discovered with “carnivore damage.” Did They Get Her? Diane Dimond June 14, 2011 Historical Examples It is more subtle in its […]
an animal that eats flesh. a flesh-eating mammal of the order Carnivora, comprising the dogs, cats, bears, seals, and weasels. an insectivorous plant. Contemporary Examples The Hindus there kept strictly vegetarian, but there was never any tension with the carnivores next door. The Fugitive Guru Ben Crair June 20, 2011 The area, which once hosted […]
flesh-eating: A dog is a carnivorous animal. of the carnivores. adjective (esp of animals) feeding on flesh (of plants such as the pitcher plant and sundew) able to trap and digest insects and other small animals of or relating to the Carnivora (informal) aggressively ambitious or reactionary adj. 1640s, from Latin carnivorus “flesh-eating, feeding on […]