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circa

[ sur-kuh ]
/ ˈsɜr kə /
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preposition, adverb
about: (used especially in) approximate dates: The Venerable Bede was born circa 673.Abbreviation: ca, ca., c., c, cir., circ.
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Origin of circa

1860–65; <Latin: around, about, akin to circuscircus
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British Dictionary definitions for circa

circa
/ (ˈsɜːkə) /

preposition
(used with a date) at the approximate time ofcirca 1182 bc . Abbreviation: c., ca.

Word Origin for circa

Latin: about; related to Latin circus circle, circus
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Medical definitions for circa

circa
[ sûrkə ]

prep.
In approximately; about.
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