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Barnum

[bahr-nuh m] /ˈbɑr nəm/
noun
1.
P(hineas) T(aylor) 1810–91, U.S. showman who established a circus in 1871.
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  • If you had asked Barnum about it, he would have said it was ever so much better.

    The Little Nightcap Letters. Frances Elizabeth Barrow
  • Quite a curiosity he'd have been for Barnum's Museum, wouldn't he?

    Funny Little Socks Sarah. L. Barrow
  • I believe that with Barnum alone I could have made it a great success.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
  • One party thought I was Mr. Barnum, and treated me with profound respect.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
  • But I did not invest my inventiveness wisely; I should have shared the idea with Barnum.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
British Dictionary definitions for Barnum

Barnum

/ˈbɑːnəm/
noun
1.
P(hineas) T(aylor). 1810–91, US showman, who created The Greatest Show on Earth (1871) and, with J. A. Bailey, founded the Barnum and Bailey Circus (1881)
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