[kar-uh-sel, kar-uh-sel]
merry-go-round ( def 1 ).
a continuously revolving belt, track or other device on which items are placed for later retrieval: a baggage carousel at an airport.

1640–50; < French: kind of tournament < Italian carosello kind of ball game < Neapolitan dialect carusello game played with clay balls, clay ball, literally, little head, equivalent to carus(o) shorn head (perhaps based on the Greek stem kors- shave) + -ello diminutive suffix

carousel, carousal. Unabridged


[kar-uh-sel, kar-uh-sel]
a circular tray in which photographic transparencies are held on a projector and from which they are lowered through slots for projection as the tray is rotated. Unabridged
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carousel (ˌkærəˈsɛl, -ˈzɛl)
1.  a circular magazine in which slides for a projector are held: it moves round as each slide is shown
2.  a rotating conveyor belt for luggage, as at an airport
3.  (US), (Canadian) merry-go-round, Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): roundabout a revolving circular platform provided with wooden animals, seats, etc, on which people ride for amusement
4.  history a tournament in which horsemen took part in races and various manoeuvres in formation
[C17: from French carrousel, from Italian carosello, of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

"merry-go-round," 1673, earlier "playful tournament of knights in chariots or on horseback" (1650), from Fr. carrousel "a tilting match," from It. carusiello, possibly from carro "chariot," from L. carrus (see car).
"A new and rare invencon knowne by the name of the royalle carousell or tournament being framed and contrived with such engines as will not only afford great pleasure to us and our nobility in the sight thereof, but sufficient instruction to all such ingenious young gentlemen as desire to learne the art of perfect horsemanshipp." [letter of 1673]
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