a travelling company of entertainers; including trained animals
"he ran away from home to join the circus"
a performance given by a traveling company of acrobats, clowns, and trained animals
"the children always love to go to the circus"
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"
(antiquity) an open-air stadium for chariot races and gladiatorial games
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"
Circus, genus Circus(noun)
a genus of haws comprising the harriers
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.
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.
In the ancient Roman Empire, a building for chariot racing.
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.
Circuit; space; enclosure.
The narrow circus of my dungeon wall. uE000165148uE001 Byron.
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
a circular inclosure for the exhibition of feats of horsemanship, acrobatic displays, etc. Also, the company of performers, with their equipage
circuit; space; inclosure
Origin: [L. circus circle, ring, circus (in sense 1). See Circle, and cf. Cirque.]
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
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.]
The numerical value of circus in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of circus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Half circus and half Supreme Court.
Jesus Alou is in the on-deck circus.
I have become rather like King Midas, except that everything turns not into gold but into a circus.
The trial date on February 12 represents our worst nightmare, to have to go through another circus of a retrial.
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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Translations for circus
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- سيرك, سركArabic
- кръгъл площад, циркBulgarian
- circCatalan, Valencian
- aukio, sirkusFinnish
- サーカス, 曲馬団Japanese
- bulatan, sarkasMalay
- sirkusNorwegian Nynorsk
- circo, cruzamentoPortuguese
- цирк, круглая площадьRussian
- circu, tzircuSardinian
- циркус, cirkusSerbo-Croatian
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