Mar·di Gras (märdē grä)
a. Shrove Tuesday, celebrated as a holiday in many places with carnivals, masquerade balls, and parades of costumed merrymakers.
b. A carnival period coming to a climax on this day.
2. An occasion of great festivity and merrymaking.
[French : mardi, Tuesday + gras, fat (from the feasting on Mardi Gras before Lenten fasting).]
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