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MARDI GRAS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Mardi Gras mean? 

MARDI GRAS (noun)
  The noun MARDI GRAS has 2 senses:

1. the last day before Lent
2. a carnival held in some countries on Shrove Tuesday (the last day before Lent) but especially in New Orleans

  Familiarity information: MARDI GRAS used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


MARDI GRAS (noun)


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Meaning:

The last day before Lent

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Synonyms:

Mardi Gras; pancake day; Shrove Tuesday

Hypernyms ("Mardi Gras" is a kind of...):

Christian holy day (a religious holiday for Christians)

Holonyms ("Mardi Gras" is a part of...):

Shrovetide (immediately preceding Lent)


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Meaning:

A carnival held in some countries on Shrove Tuesday (the last day before Lent) but especially in New Orleans

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

Fat Tuesday; Mardi Gras

Hypernyms ("Mardi Gras" is a kind of...):

carnival (a festival marked by merrymaking and processions)

Holonyms ("Mardi Gras" is a part of...):

New Orleans (a port and largest city in Louisiana; located in southeastern Louisiana near the mouth of the Mississippi river; a major center for offshore drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico; jazz originated here among black musicians in the late 19th century; Mardi Gras is celebrated here each year)


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