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ˈsɜr kəcir·ca

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  1. circaadverb

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


  1. circapreposition

    approximately, about

    Julius Caesar visited this area circa 50 BC

  2. Etymology: From circa.


  1. Circa

    Circa (from Latin, meaning 'around, about, roughly, approximately') – frequently abbreviated ca., or ca and less frequently c.,circ. or cca. – signifies "approximately" in several European languages and as a loanword in English, usually in reference to a date. Circa is widely used in historical writing when the dates of events are not accurately known. When used in date ranges, circa is applied before each approximate date, while dates without circa immediately preceding them are generally assumed to be known with certainty.


  1. circa

    Circa is a Latin word commonly used as an adverb in English to indicate an approximate or estimated date or time period. It is typically abbreviated as "c." and is placed before the specified date or time to suggest that it is not exact but rather around that particular period. For example, "circa 1900" means around the year 1900 without specifying the exact year.


  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.

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  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

Examples of circa in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  2. Chris Cuomo:

    Any confidence the world had in our country is now, ummm, gone, saigon, circa 1975, steroids, and former defense secretary and CIA director Leon Panetta, yeah, rightly calling it Biden’s Bay of Pigs and thanks to the actions of our derelict, low-functioning president … the absolute worst-case scenario has been playing out before our eyes.

  3. John Lennon:

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

  4. David Blight:

    That is standard Lost Cause ideology circa 1890 to 1910, this man, that language right there, is the standard defense of The Lost Cause built over the period of decades as an ideology explaining confederate defeat, but also as a racial ideology.

  5. Carl Lipo:

    The issue of water availability (or the lack of it) has often been mentioned by researchers who work on Rapa Nui/Easter Island, when we started to examine the details of the hydrology, we began to notice that freshwater access and statue location were tightly linked together. It wasnt obvious when walking around--with the water emerging at the coast during low tide, one doesnt necessarily see obvious indications of water. File photo - Statues at Anakena Beach, Easter Island, Chile. (Photo by Eric LAFFORGUE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) Places without ahu/moai showed no freshwater, he added. The pattern was striking and surprising in how consistent it was. Researchers had already identified groundwater discharge in coastal areas as a key factor in the statues placement on Easter Islands coast. In the latest stage of the research, experts examined how the availability of freshwater in certain areas was linked to the methods and means of building the statues. EASTER ISLANDS ANCIENT CIVILIZATION WAS NOT DESTROYED BY WARFARE, EXPERTS SAY Around 900 statues, or moai, are dotted around Easter Island. Circa 1955: Two ancient statues of uncertain origin on Easter Island, in the South Pacific Ocean. (Photo by Richard Harrington/Three Lions/Getty Images).

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