circus

[ sur-kuh s ]
/ ˈsɜr kəs /

noun, plural cir·cus·es.

Origin of circus

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin: circular region of the sky, oval space in which games were held, akin to (or borrowed from) Greek kírkos ring, circle

Related forms

cir·cus·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for circus

circus

/ (ˈsɜːkəs) /

noun plural -cuses

Word Origin for circus

C16: from Latin, from Greek kirkos ring
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Idioms and Phrases with circus

circus


see three-ring circus.

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