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 for carnival
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Carnival \Car"ni*val\, n. [It. carnevale, prob. for older
     carnelevale, prop., the putting away of meat; fr. L. caro,
     carnis, flesh + levare to take away, lift up, fr. levis
     light.]
     1. A festival celebrated with merriment and revelry in Roman
        Gatholic countries during the week before Lent, esp. at
        Rome and Naples, during a few days (three to ten) before
        Lent, ending with Shrove Tuesday.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              The carnival at Venice is everywhere talked of.
                                                    --Addison.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Any merrymaking, feasting, or masquerading, especially
        when overstepping the bounds of decorum; a time of riotous
        excess. --Tennyson.
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              He saw the lean dogs beneath the wall
              Hold o'er the dead their carnival     --Byron.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  carnival
      n 1: a festival marked by merrymaking and processions
      2: a frenetic disorganized (and often comic) disturbance
         suggestive of a large public entertainment; "it was so funny
         it was a circus"; "the whole occasion had a carnival
         atmosphere" [syn: circus, carnival]
      3: a traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of
         skill etc. [syn: carnival, fair, funfair]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  54 Moby Thesaurus words for "Carnival":
     Advent, Allhallowmas, Allhallows, Allhallowtide, Annunciation,
     Annunciation Day, Ascension Day, Ash Wednesday, Candlemas,
     Candlemas Day, Christmas, Corpus Christi, Easter, Easter Monday,
     Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday, Eastertide, Ember days, Epiphany,
     Good Friday, Halloween, Hallowmas, Holy Thursday, Holy Week,
     Lady Day, Lammas, Lammas Day, Lammastide, Lent, Lententide,
     Mardi Gras, Martinmas, Maundy Thursday, Michaelmas, Michaelmas Day,
     Michaelmastide, Palm Sunday, Pancake Day, Passion Week, Pentecost,
     Quadragesima, Quadragesima Sunday, Septuagesima, Shrove Tuesday,
     Trinity Sunday, Twelfth-day, Twelfth-tide, Whit-Tuesday,
     White Sunday, Whitmonday, Whitsun, Whitsunday, Whitsuntide,
     Whitweek
  
  

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  76 Moby Thesaurus words for "carnival":
     Broadway, Mardi Gras, Saturnalia, banquet, blowout, burlesque,
     burlesque show, circus, coochie show, do, drama,
     entertainment industry, fair, fantoccini, feast, festival,
     festive occasion, festivity, fete, field day, fiesta, floor show,
     gala, gala affair, gala day, galanty show, girly show,
     great doings, high jinks, hootchy-kootchy show, jamboree, kermis,
     leg show, legit, legitimate stage, light show, magic show,
     off Broadway, off-off-Broadway, ombres chinoises, party, peep show,
     picnic, playland, puppet show, raree-show, rep show,
     repertory drama, repertory show, rodeo, shadow show, show biz,
     show business, sideshow, stage world, stagedom, stageland, stock,
     strawhat, strawhat circuit, summer stock, the big top, the boards,
     the footlights, the scenes, the stage, the theater, theater world,
     theatromania, theatrophobia, variety, variety show, vaudeville,
     vaudeville show, waygoose, wayzgoose
  
  

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