- circle; ring.
- a bowl-shaped, steep-walled mountain basin carved by glaciation, often containing a small, round lake.
Origin of cirque
1595–1605; < French < Latin circus; see circus
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Examples from the Web for cirque
But no matter where her career has taken her, or how big the Cirque has become, Vial keeps coming back.
Twenty-eight years ago, Veronique Vial was asked to photograph Cirque du Soleil.
When Vial got that first assignment, she was just beginning her photography career, and Cirque du Soleil was only a few years old.
The pride and admiration Vial has for the artists who put on Cirque du Soleil is evident.
Cirque du Soleil obviously sprang to startling success with a variety of shows since its 1987 founding.We’re All Carnies Now: Why We Can’t Quit the Circus
November 27, 2014
The hour's walk from the village to the Cirque is an event also in the life of the flower-lover.In the Heart of Vosges
These avalanches were once believed to be the authors of the cirque.
The cirque, therefore, is at once the product of the glacier and its generator and conserver.
Is the cirque under these circumstances a result of the schrund or is the schrund a result of the cirque?The Andes of Southern Peru
A cirque (fig. 8) is shaped something like an office arm-chair.Modern Geography
Marion I. Newbigin
- Also called: corrie, cwm a semicircular or crescent-shaped basin with steep sides and a gently sloping floor formed in mountainous regions by the erosive action of a glacier
- archaeol an obsolete term for circle (def. 11)
- poetic a circle, circlet, or ring
C17: from French, from Latin circus ring, circle, circus
Word Origin and History for cirque
c.1600, "a circus," from French cirque (14c.), from Latin circus (see circus). Cf. Italian and Spanish circo.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A steep, amphitheatre-shaped hollow occurring at the upper end of a mountain valley, especially one forming the head of a glacier or stream. Cirques are formed by the erosive activity of glaciers and often contain a small lake.
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