Carpa in English | Spanish to English Translation
feminine noun
1. carp (pez)
2. big top (de circo); marquee (en parque, la calle)
3. tent (tienda de campaña) (Am)
(pez) carp
carpa dorada goldfish
1 [de circo] big top
2 (toldo) awning
3 especialmente (Latinoamérica) (tienda de campaña) tent
4 (México) travelling show
In Mexico a carpa is a travelling show held under a big top. Originating in the nationalistic aftermath of the Mexican revolution, carpas toured agricultural communities and mining towns offering a menu of satire, slapstick humour, dramatic sketches and humorous monologues, as well as acrobatics, tightrope walking and other circus entertainments. It was in the carpa that the Mexican comic character, Cantinflas, started life.
note See culture box in entry pelado.
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