What does circus mean?

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

Wiktionary

  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.]

Freebase

  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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Circus

    sėr′kus, n. a circular building for the exhibition of games: a place for the exhibition of feats of horsemanship: a group of houses arranged in the form of a circle: applied to nature, as, e.g., high hills surrounding a plain.—n. Cirque (sėrk), a circus: a ring of some sort. [L. circus; cog. with Gr. kirkos.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of circus in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of circus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. James Barrett Scotty Reston:

    Half circus and half Supreme Court.

  2. Jerry Coleman:

    Jesus Alou is in the on-deck circus.

  3. Albert Einstein:

    I have become rather like King Midas, except that everything turns not into gold but into a circus.

  4. Mohamed Fahmy:

    The trial date on February 12 represents our worst nightmare, to have to go through another circus of a retrial.

  5. Paul Penzone:

    This facility became more of a circus atmosphere for the general public, starting today, that circus ends and these tents come down.

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