[ sur-kyuh-ler ]
/ ˈsɜr kyə lər /



a letter, advertisement, notice, or statement for circulation among the general public.

Nearby words

  1. circuiter,
  2. circuitous,
  3. circuitry,
  4. circuity,
  5. circulable,
  6. circular amputation,
  7. circular breathing,
  8. circular definition,
  9. circular dichroism,
  10. circular error

Origin of circular

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin circulāris, equivalent to circul(us) circle + -āris -ar1

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British Dictionary definitions for circular


/ (ˈsɜːkjʊlə) /


of, involving, resembling, or shaped like a circle
(of arguments) futile because the truth of the premises cannot be established independently of the conclusion
travelling or occurring in a cycle
(of letters, announcements, etc) intended for general distribution


a printed or duplicated advertisement or notice for mass distribution
Derived Formscircularity (ˌsɜːkjʊˈlærɪtɪ) or circularness, nouncircularly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for circular
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