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circus at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


circus at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

c.1380, from L. circus "ring," applied by Romans to circular arenas for performances and contests (esp. the Circus Maximus), from or akin to Gk. kirkos "a circle," from PIE *kirk- from base *(s)ker- "to turn, bend." First attested use for "traveling show" is 1791. ///

circus at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [Date: 1300-1400; Language: Latin; Origin: 'circle, circus', perhaps from Greek kirkos 'ring']//
1 [C] a group of people and animals who travel to different places performing skilful tricks as entertainment: circus act (=a trick performed in a circus) // circus ring (=a large circular area where tricks are performed) //
2 [singular] informal a situation in which there is too much excitement or noise: --The first day of school is always such a circus.// --The trial has turned into a media circus .//
3 [C usually singular] BrE a round open area where several streets join together, often used in place names: --Piccadilly Circus//
4 [C] a place in ancient Rome where fights, races etc took place, with seats built in a circle:

circus at Dutch => English Of Explained:


circus at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Entertainment or spectacle featuring animal acts and human feats of daring. The modern circus was founded in England in 1768 by the bareback rider Philip Astley (1742-1814), who built stands around his performance ring and opened Astley's Amphitheatre. One of his riders later established the Royal Circus (1782), the first modern use of the term. The first U.S. circus opened in Philadelphia in 1793. Horse acts were later joined by wild-animal acts. After the invention of the flying trapeze by Jules Lé otard (1859), aerial acts were featured. P. T. Barnum expanded the traditional circus by adding two rings to create the three-ring circus (1881) and augmented it with sideshow performers. Circuses traveled throughout the U.S., Europe, and Latin America, performing in a tent (the Big Top) into the 1950s. Today circuses usually perform in permanent buildings, though small troupes still travel with tents in some regions.

CIRCUS at English => English (devils) Of Explained:

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circus at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

149 Moby Thesaurus words for "circus":
Broadway, O, agora, amphitheater, annular muscle, annulus, arena,
areola, athletic field, auditorium, aureole, background,
bear garden, bowl, boxing ring, bull ring, burlesque,
burlesque show, campus, canvas, carnival, chaplet, circle, circuit,
circumference, closed circle, cockpit, coliseum, colosseum,
coochie show, corona, coronet, course, crescent, crown, cycle,
diadem, discus, disk, drama, entertainment industry,
eternal return, fairy ring, fantoccini, field, floor, floor show,
forum, galanty show, garland, girly show, glory, ground, gym,
gymnasium, hall, halo, hippodrome, hootchy-kootchy show, lasso,
leg show, legit, legitimate stage, light show, lists, locale,
logical circle, loop, looplet, magic circle, magic show,
marketplace, mat, milieu, noose, off Broadway, off-off-Broadway,
ombres chinoises, open forum, orbit, palaestra, parade ground,
peep show, pit, place, platform, playland, precinct, prize ring,
public square, puppet show, purlieu, radius, range, raree-show,
rep show, repertory drama, repertory show, ring, rodeo, rondelle,
round, roundel, saucer, scene, scene of action, scenery, setting,
shadow show, show biz, show business, sideshow, site, sphere,
sphincter, squared circle, stadium, stage, stage set,
stage setting, stage world, stagedom, stageland, stock, strawhat,
strawhat circuit, summer stock, terrain, the big top, the boards,
the footlights, the scenes, the stage, the theater, theater,
theater world, theatromania, theatrophobia, tilting ground,
tiltyard, variety, variety show, vaudeville, vaudeville show,
vicious circle, walk, wheel, wreath, wrestling ring

circus at Latin => English Of Explained:


circus at Dutch => English Of Explained:

circus [sirkɵs]

circus at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

1 [C] a group of entertainers, sometimes with trained animals, who perform skilful or amusing acts in a show that travels around to different places:
circus acrobats / clowns / elephants
2 (the circus) [sing.] a show performed by circus entertainers, usually in a large tent called a BIG TOP:
We took the children to the circus.
3 [sing.] (informal, disapproving) a group of people or an event that attracts a lot of attention:
A media circus surrounded the royal couple wherever they went. * the American electoral circus
4 [C] (BrE) (used in some place names) a round open area in a town where several streets meet:
Piccadilly Circus
5 [C] (in ancient Rome) a place like a big round outdoor theatre for public games, races, etc.

Circus at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Circus \Cir"cus\, n.; pl. {Circuses}. [L. circus circle, ring,
circus (in sense 1). See {Circle}, and cf. {Cirque}.]
1. (Roman Antiq.) 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

Note: The Circus Maximus at Rome could contain more than
100,000 spectators. --Harpers' Latin Dict.

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

3. Circuit; space; inclosure. [R.]

The narrow circus of my dungeon wall. --Byron.

circus at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: a travelling company of entertainers; including trained
animals; "he ran away from home to join the circus"
2: performance given by a traveling company of acrobats clowns
and trained animals; "the children always love to go to
the circus"
3: a frenetic disorganized (and often comic) disturbance
suggestive of a circus or carnival; "it was so funny it
was a circus"; "the whole occasion had a carnival
atmosphere" [syn: {carnival}]
4: (antiquity) an open-air stadium for chariot races and
gladiatorial games
5: 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: a genus of haws comprising the harriers [syn: {genus Circus}]

circus at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: also » Circus


Inter: wikipedia » circus


From Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » circus||ring, circle|lang=la, from Inter: etyl » ine-pro|en Inter: recons » sker|lang=ine-pro, Inter: recons » ker||to turn, to bend|lang=ine-pro A grammar of modern Indo-European, p. 398, 3rd paragraph The American heritage dictionary of Indo-European roots, p. 78, entry for "(s)ker-3.


* Inter: audio » En-us-circus.ogg|Audio (US)
  • Inter: rhymes » ɜː(ɹ)kəs


    Inter: en-noun » es

  • A traveling company of performers that may include acrobats, clowns, trained animals, and other novelty acts, that gives shows usually in a circular tent.
    1. : The circus will be in town next week.
    2. A round open space in a town or city where multiple streets meet.
    3. : Oxford Circus in London is at the north end of Regent Street.
    4. Inter: historica » l In the ancient Roman Empire, a building for chariot racing.
    5. Inter: military » World War II 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.
    6. RAF Web - Air of Authority
    7. : ... the squadron (No. 452) moved to Kenley in July 1941 and took part in the usual round of Circus, Rhubarb and Ramrod missions.
    8. Inter: obsolet » e Circuit; space; enclosure.
    9. : The narrow circus of my dungeon wall. — Byron.

      Derived terms

      Inter: rel-top » Terms derived from circus

  • media circus

  • Inter: rel-mi » d
    • three-ring circus

    Inter: rel-botto » m

    Related terms

    * circular
  • circle


    Inter: trans-top » company that travels
  • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|سيرك|m|tr=sīrk
  • : Egyptian Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|سرك|m|tr=serk
  • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|կրկես|tr=krkes
  • Asturian: Inter: t- » ast|circu|m
  • Azeri: Inter: t- » az|sirk
  • Belarusian: Inter: t- » be|цырк|m|tr=cyrk
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|цирк|m|tr=cirk
  • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|circ|m
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|馬戲團|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|马戏团|tr=mǎxìtuán|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|馬戲場|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|马戏场|tr=mǎxìchǎng|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|雜技場|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|杂技场|tr=zájìchǎng|sc=Hani
  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|cirkus|m
  • Danish: Inter: t- » da|circus
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|circus|n
  • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|cirko
  • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|tsirkus
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|sirkus
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|cirque|m
  • Galician: Inter: t+ » gl|circo|m
  • Georgian: Inter: t- » ka|ცირკი|tr=c'irki|sc=Geor
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Zirkus|m
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|τσίρκο|n|tr=tsírko
  • Hebrew: Inter: t+ » he|קרקס|m|tr=qirqas|sc=Hebr
  • Hindi: Inter: t- » hi|सर्कस|tr=sarkas
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|cirkusz

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|circo|m
    • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|サーカス|tr=sākasu, Inter: t- » ja|曲馬団|tr=きょくばだん, kyokubadan
    • Korean: Inter: t+ » ko|서커스|tr=seokeoseu|sc=Hang
    • Latvian: Inter: t- » lv|cirks|m
    • Lithuanian: Inter: t- » lt|cirkas|m
    • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|циркус|m|tr=církus|sc=Cyrl
    • Malay: Inter: t- » ms|sarkas
    • Occitan: Inter: t- » oc|circ|m
    • Persian: Inter: t+ » fa|سیرک|tr=sirk|sc=fa-Arab
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|cyrk|m
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|circo
    • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|circ {{n}}
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|цирк|m|tr=cirk
    • Sardinian: circu, tzircu
    • Serbo-Croatian:
    • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|циркус|m
    • : Roman: Inter: t- » sh|cirkus|m
    • Slovak: Inter: t- » sk|cirkus|m
    • Slovene: Inter: t+ » sl|cirkus|m
    • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|circo|m
    • Thai: Inter: t- » th|ละครสัตว์|tr=lá kon sàt|sc=Thai
    • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|sirk
    • Ukrainian: Inter: t+ » uk|цирк|m|tr=cyrk
    • Urdu: Inter: t- » ur|سرکس|tr=sarkas|sc=ur-Arab
    • Vietnamese: Inter: t+ » vi|xiếc, Inter: t- » vi|xiệc
    • Volapük: Inter: t+ » vo|sirkud

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » round open space
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|кръгъл площад|m
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|aukio
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|circo|m

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Malay: Inter: t- » ms|bulatan
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|cyrk|m
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|cruzamento
  • Russian: Inter: t- » ru|круглая площадь|f|tr=krúglaja plóščadʹ

  • Inter: trans-botto » m


    Category: Category:en:Theater -



    From Inter: etyl » grc|la Inter: term » κίρκος||circle, ring|tr=kirkos|lang=grc|sc=polytonic, related with Inter: term » κρίκος||ring|tr=krikos|lang=grc|sc=polytonic.


    Inter: la-noun » circus|circi|circī|m|second
  • A circular line or orbit; circle, ring.
    1. A racecourse or space where games are held, especially one that is round.
    2. The spectators in a circus; a circus.


      Inter: la-decl-2nd » circ

      Derived terms

      * circō

  • circulus


    Inter: top » 2
  • Albanian: Inter: l » sq|qark
  • Catalan: Inter: l » ca|circ
  • English: Inter: l » en|circus
  • French: Inter: l » fr|cirque
  • Italian: Inter: l » it|circo, Inter: l » it|cerco
  • Occitan: Inter: l » oc|cirque

  • Inter: mid » 2
    • Portuguese: Inter: l » pt|circo
    • Romanian: Inter: l » ro|cerc
    • Russian: Inter: l » ru|цирк|tr=cirk
    • Sardinian: Inter: l » sc|circu, Inter: l » sc|tzircu
    • Spanish: Inter: l » es|circo, Inter: l » es|cerco

    Inter: botto » m
    Translation: de » circus
    Translation: et » circus
    Translation: el » circus
    Translation: eu » circus
    Translation: fr » circus
    Translation: gl » circus
    Translation: ko » circus
    Translation: io » circus
    Translation: it » circus
    Translation: kk » circus
    Translation: lo » circus
    Translation: hu » circus
    Translation: mg » circus
    Translation: ml » circus
    Translation: my » circus
    Translation: nl » circus
    Translation: ja » circus
    Translation: pl » circus
    Translation: pt » circus
    Translation: ru » circus
    Category: simple:circus -
    Translation: sr » circus
    Translation: fi » circus
    Translation: ta » circus
    Translation: te » circus
    Translation: tr » circus
    Translation: vi » circus
    Translation: zh » circus

    Circus at English (WD) Of Explained:

    Inter: also » circus


    Inter: wikipedi » a
    Inter: wikispecie » s

    Proper noun

    Inter: mul-proper noun » head=Circus
  • Inter: taxon » genus|subfamily|Circinae|the harriers


    * Inter: R:Gill200 » 6

  • Category: Category:mul:Birds -
    Translation: de » Circus
    Translation: et » Circus
    Translation: ko » Circus
    Translation: sv » Circus