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Barnum

[bahr-nuh m]
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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

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

    Memoirs

    Charles Godfrey Leland

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for barnum

Barnum

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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