• Latin: carnem levare, taking away of flesh


A time of feasting and revelry preceding the Lenten fast, chiefly observed in southern Europe; also, because in many places an occasion of immorality, a time of prayer and of practises of mortification and penance in order to repair the offenses against the Divine law.

MLA Citation

  • “carnival”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 September 2013. Web. 1 October 2020. <>