Definitions for circusˈsɜr kəs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. circus(noun)

    a travelling company of entertainers; including trained animals

    "he ran away from home to join the circus"

  2. circus(noun)

    a performance given by a traveling company of acrobats, clowns, and trained animals

    "the children always love to go to the circus"

  3. circus, carnival(noun)

    a frenetic disorganized (and often comic) disturbance suggestive of a large public entertainment

    "it was so funny it was a circus"; "the whole occasion had a carnival atmosphere"

  4. circus(noun)

    (antiquity) an open-air stadium for chariot races and gladiatorial games

  5. circus(noun)

    an arena consisting of an oval or circular area enclosed by tiers of seats and usually covered by a tent

    "they used the elephants to help put up the circus"

  6. Circus, genus Circus(noun)

    a genus of haws comprising the harriers


  1. circus(Noun)

    A traveling company of performers that may include acrobats, clowns, trained animals, and other novelty acts, that gives shows usually in a circular tent.

    The circus will be in town next week.

  2. circus(Noun)

    A round open space in a town or city where multiple streets meet.

    Oxford Circus in London is at the north end of Regent Street.

  3. circus(Noun)

    In the ancient Roman Empire, a building for chariot racing.

  4. circus(Noun)

    A code name for bomber attacks with fighter escorts in the day time. The attacks were against short-range targets with the intention of occupying enemy fighters and keeping their fighter units in the area concerned.

  5. circus(Noun)

    Circuit; space; enclosure.

    The narrow circus of my dungeon wall. uE000165148uE001 Byron.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Circus(noun)

    a level oblong space surrounded on three sides by seats of wood, earth, or stone, rising in tiers one above another, and divided lengthwise through the middle by a barrier around which the track or course was laid out. It was used for chariot races, games, and public shows

  2. Circus(noun)

    a circular inclosure for the exhibition of feats of horsemanship, acrobatic displays, etc. Also, the company of performers, with their equipage

  3. Circus(noun)

    circuit; space; inclosure

  4. Origin: [L. circus circle, ring, circus (in sense 1). See Circle, and cf. Cirque.]


  1. Circus

    A circus is commonly a travelling company of performers that may include clowns, acrobats, trained animals, trapeze acts, musicians, hoopers, tightrope walkers, jugglers, unicyclists and other stunt-oriented artists. The word also describes the performance that they give, which is usually a series of acts choreographed to music and introduced by a ringmaster. A traditional circus performance is normally held in a ring 13 m in diameter. This dimension was adopted by Philip Astley to enable a horse rider to stand upright on a cantering horse to perform a series of acrobatic maneuvers and to more easily retain their balance. Circuses often have a system of tiered seating around the ring for the public; since the late 19th to early 20th century, many circus performances have taken place under large tents commonly referred to as "The Big Top".

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