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noun

a circular arrangement constructed at the intersection of two or more roads in order to facilitate the passage of vehicles from one road to another.

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Also called rotary; British, roundabout.

Origin of traffic circle

First recorded in 1945–50
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traffic circle

noun

US and Canadian a road junction in which traffic streams circulate around a central islandAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): roundabout
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