It is a word that came from the 17th century. The word “carousel” is a French word that means “a tilting match”. This refers to the jousting game played by knights. Both “merry-go-round” and “carousel” are now used interchangeably in North America and The United Kingdom.
A carousel, also known as a merry-go-round, is a ride found in an amusement park or on a playground. It includes a circle-shaped rotating platform. A carousel found in an amusement park has seats made to look like objects such as automobiles, trains, and animals. Animals that can be seen on a carousel might be horses, elephants, and swans. Carousels are often brightly decorated with lights, paintings, and animals around the outside. A carousel found in an amusement park often moves by machine power.
A carousel is also a common toy on a child’s playground. Fairground carousels are not powered by machines. Kids spin the carousel by holding the handles attached to the rotating platform. The child will then run in a circle while holding on to the handlebars making the merry-go-round spin. The merry-go-round found on a playground will move faster or slower depending on how fast the child runs.