Definitions of circus

  1. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a travelling company of entertainers; including trained animals; "he ran away from home to join the circus" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. performance given by a traveling company of acrobats clowns and trained animals; "the children always love to go to the circus" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a genus of haws comprising the harriers Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. (ancient Rome) an open-air stadium for chariot races and gladiatorial games Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. (antiquity) an open-air stadium for chariot races and gladiatorial games Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. 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
  9. A circular inclosure for the exhibition of feats of horsemanship, acrobatic displays, etc. Also, the company of performers, with their equipage. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Circuit; space; inclosure. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. An inclosed space for the exhibition of games or feats of horsemanship. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. 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.
  15. A large oblong edifice, with an open space in the centre, surrounded by tiers of seats, in which public games, sports, and combats were exhibited; a place for the exhibition of equestrian feats; a circular space of any kind. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. A circular enclosure for feats of horsemanship, &c., with seats for spectators rising all round in tiers, and sloping backwards. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  17. s[.e]r'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 (s[.e]rk), a circus: a ring of some sort. [L. circus; cog. with Gr. kirkos.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  18. Rounded or oval arena lined with tiers of seats for equestrian& other exhibitions; amphitheatre of hills; open circle with streets converging on it; travelling show of horses, riders, &c. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  19. Circular movement. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  20. [L.] (Arch.) A long building at Rome, semicircular at one end, in which the races, called Ludi Circenses, were held. By the Greeks such buildings were termed Hippodromes. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  21. n. [Latin] A circular piece of ground for sports and games; —an amphitheatre with a central ring for feats pf horsemanship and dexterity; the company of performers with their equipage. Cabinet Dictionary
  22. An open space or area for sports. Complete Dictionary

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