Definitions for circusˈsɜr kəs
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a large public show or entertainment featuring performing animals, clowns, feats of skill and daring, pageantry, etc. the physical equipment, personnel, etc., of such a show. the place where such a show is held, usu. a circular arena surrounded by tiers of seats, often in a tent.
(in ancient Rome) a large, usu.U-shaped or oval roofless enclosure with tiers of seats on three or all sides, for chariot races, public games, etc. a game or spectacle presented in such an arena.
Category: Ancient History, Antiquities
Brit. an open circle or plaza where several streets converge.
a display of rowdy sport or wild activity.
Origin of circus:
1350–1400; < L: circular region of the sky, oval space for games, akin to (or <) Gk kírkos ring
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
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a traveling show in a large tent
circus animals; a circus act
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
Translations for circus
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a travelling show with performances by horsemen, acrobats, animals etc
The children went to the circus.
- circoPortuguese (BR)
- der ZirkusGerman
- hringleikahús, sirkusIcelandic
- 馬戲團Chinese (Trad.)
- gánh xiếcVietnamese
- 马戏团Chinese (Simp.)
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