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Definitions of circus

  1. a travelling company of entertainers; including trained animals; "he ran away from home to join the circus" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a genus of haws comprising the harriers Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. (ancient Rome) an open-air stadium for chariot races and gladiatorial games Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. (antiquity) an open-air stadium for chariot races and gladiatorial games Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A circular inclosure for the exhibition of feats of horsemanship, acrobatic displays, etc. Also, the company of performers, with their equipage. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Circuit; space; inclosure. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A large level space for feats of horsemanship and feats of skill; the performance in such a space, and the performers of the feats. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. A circular building for the exhibition of games: a place for the exhibition of feats of horsemanship. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. An inclosed space for the exhibition of games or feats of horsemanship. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. A show of feats of horsemanship, etc.; also, the enclosure where it is given. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for circus

  1. " The pleasure is mine," laughed Roscoe; " Tommy, you're as good as a circus – Tom Slade Motorcycle Dispatch Bearer by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  2. " Let's have a circus Patty proposed. – Just Patty by Jean Webster
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