What does circus mean?

Definitions for circus
ˈsɜr kəscir·cus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. circusnoun

    a travelling company of entertainers; including trained animals

    "he ran away from home to join the circus"

  2. circusnoun

    a performance given by a traveling company of acrobats, clowns, and trained animals

    "the children always love to go to the circus"

  3. circus, carnivalnoun

    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. circusnoun

    (antiquity) an open-air stadium for chariot races and gladiatorial games

  5. circusnoun

    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 Circusnoun

    a genus of haws comprising the harriers

Wiktionary

  1. circusnoun

    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. circusnoun

    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. circusnoun

    In the ancient Roman Empire, a building for chariot racing.

  4. circusnoun

    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. circusnoun

    Circuit; space; enclosure.

    The narrow circus of my dungeon wall. uE000165148uE001 Byron.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Circusnoun

    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

    Etymology: [L. circus circle, ring, circus (in sense 1). See Circle, and cf. Cirque.]

  2. Circusnoun

    a circular inclosure for the exhibition of feats of horsemanship, acrobatic displays, etc. Also, the company of performers, with their equipage

    Etymology: [L. circus circle, ring, circus (in sense 1). See Circle, and cf. Cirque.]

  3. Circusnoun

    circuit; space; inclosure

    Etymology: [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

Examples of circus in a Sentence

  1. Teleo Intelligence analyst Antonio Barroso:

    There is a lot of potential for the parliament to become a political circus, but I think by bringing in fresh blood you will actually increase the quality of the debate.

  2. Ingrid Newkirk:

    If the decision is serious, then the circus needs to do it NOW.

  3. Erica Jong:

    Every country gets the circus it deserves. Spain gets bullfights. Italy the Church. America Hollywood.

  4. Lonely Planet:

    Despite drawing in day-trippers by the busload, the area's well-protected and spread-out natural attractions have somehow managed to escape the frenzied tourist circus of other less well-managed places.

  5. Robert Mickens:

    It's very important that they do this right and I'm pretty sure that the date was chosen so that there wasn't a big media circus surrounding day one of the trial.

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