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.
Any merrymaking, feasting, or masquerading, especially when overstepping the bounds of decorum; a time of riotous excess.
carnival in Dutch is carnaval
carnival in French is carnaval
carnival in German is Karneval, Karneval, Fasching
carnival in Italian is carnevale, carnevale
carnival in Spanish is carnaval
carnival in Swedish is karneval