What does circa mean?

Definitions for circaˈsɜr kə

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  1. circa(adv.)

    Approximately; about; commonly abbreviated ca.; -- used especially before dates and numerical measures; as, he was born circa 1650; ca. 50 feet high.

  2. Origin: [L.]


  1. circa(Preposition)

    approximately, about

    Julius Caesar visited this area circa 50 BC

  2. Origin: From circa.


  1. Circa

    Circa, usually abbreviated c. or ca., means "approximately" in English, Italian and Slovak, usually referring to a date. Circa is widely used in genealogy and historical writing when the dates of events are not precisely known. When used in date ranges, the term "circa" is applied before each approximate date, while dates without "circa" immediately preceding them are generally assumed to be known with certainty. Examples: ⁕1732–1799, both the years shown and the date range are precisely known ⁕c. 1732–1799, only the second year shown is certain, the first year is approximately known ⁕1732 – c. 1799, in this case the first year is certain, and the second year is approximate ⁕c. 1732 – c. 1799, both the years shown and the date range are approximately known

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Circa

    sir′ka, prep. and adv. about, around. [L.]


  1. Circa

    More and more people are relying on mobile as their primary source of news yet the content itself continues to be produced in a format that translates very poorly to mobile devices. Rather than trying to shoehorn existing content into a new environment, Circa is creating the first born-on-mobile news experience. It will deliver news in a unique format - native to mobile devices with an experience intuitive to mobile users. Through comprehensive yet to-the-point news updates paired with an engrossing mobile experience, Circa redefines how news is produced, delivered and consumed. Circa is news reimagined.Circa was founded by Matt Galligan, Ben Huh and Arsenio Santos in 2011.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of circa in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of circa in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Lennon:

    I remember a time when everybody I loved hated me because I hated them. - Letter to Stuart Sutcliffe circa 1960

  2. Boey Yin Chong:

    Commodity sector borrowings are still in demand. Whilst we have seen some headwinds recently, we are still closing out between 10-12 deals this year from the commodities sector excluding M&A related deals. Volumes raised yearly on the average have been circa $ 12 - $ 14 billion for past few years( if M&A financings are excluded) and we expect the same for 2015.

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