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circus

[ sur-kuhs ]
/ ˈsɜr kəs /
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noun, plural cir·cus·es.

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

circus
/ (ˈsɜːkəs) /

noun plural -cuses

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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