Definition of Circus

1. Noun. A travelling company of entertainers; including trained animals. "He ran away from home to join the circus"

Generic synonyms: Company, Troupe

2. Noun. A performance given by a traveling company of acrobats, clowns, and trained animals. "The children always love to go to the circus"
Specialized synonyms: Three-ring Circus
Generic synonyms: Show

3. Noun. A frenetic disorganized (and often comic) disturbance suggestive of a large public entertainment. "The whole occasion had a carnival atmosphere"
Exact synonyms: Carnival
Generic synonyms: Disturbance

4. Noun. (antiquity) an open-air stadium for chariot races and gladiatorial games.
Generic synonyms: Arena, Bowl, Sports Stadium, Stadium
Geographical relationships: Capital Of Italy, Eternal City, Italian Capital, Roma, Rome
Category relationships: Antiquity

5. Noun. An arena consisting of an oval or circular area enclosed by tiers of seats and usually covered by a tent. "They used the elephants to help put up the circus"
Generic synonyms: Arena, Scene Of Action
Terms within: Big Top, Circus Tent, Round Top, Top

6. Noun. A genus of haws comprising the harriers.

Definition of Circus

1. n. A level oblong space surrounded on three sides by seats of wood, earth, or stone, rising in tiers one above another, and divided lengthwise through the middle by a barrier around which the track or course was laid out. It was used for chariot races, games, and public shows.

Definition of Circus

1. Noun. A traveling company of performers that may include acrobats, clowns, trained animals, and other novelty acts, that gives shows usually in a circular tent. ¹

2. Noun. A round open space in a town or city where multiple streets meet. ¹

3. Noun. (historical) In the ancient Roman Empire, a building for chariot racing. ¹

4. Noun. (military World War II) A code name for bomber attacks with fighter escorts in the day time. The attacks were against short-range targets with the intention of occupying enemy fighters and keeping their fighter units in the area concerned. ¹

5. Noun. (obsolete) Circuit; space; enclosure. ¹

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Definition of Circus

1. a public entertainment [n -ES] : CIRCUSY [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Circus

circumzygomatic fixation
circus (current term)
circus acrobat
circus movement
circus rhythm
circus ring
circus tent
cire perdue

Literary usage of Circus

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Harper's Dictionary of Classical Literature and Antiquities by Harry Thurston Peck (1897)
"8) mentions that the ancient altar of Con-US in the circus Maximus was nil primai meta»; it appears to have been in the spina, and was only exposed to view ..."

2. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1920)
"Barnum & Bailey, who owned rolling stock adapted to carrying their circus equipment and personnel, made, In 1913, a special con- ..."

3. Athletics and Mathematics in Archaic Corinth: The Origins of the Greek Stadionby David Gilman Romano by David Gilman Romano (1993)
"For example, there is considerable information about the tory and evolution of the circus Maximus in Rome. Traditi< sources credit the Elder Tarquin, ca. ..."

4. The Confessions of S. Augustine: Book I-X. by Augustine (1886)
"He reforms Alypius, his friend, -who had been captivated by a foolish passion for the shows of the circus. '"THESE things we, who were living as friends ..."

5. The Mimic World and Public Exhibitions: Their History, Their Morals, and Effects by Olive Logan (1871)
"The Coat of a circus.—Behind the Scenes in the circus. ... I am no admirer of the circus; but especially do I abhor Booing children in the ring. ..."

6. A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels in by John Pinkerton (1811)
"Round the top of the circus, there are arched windows or entrances about forty feet apart, and three feet wide, which might ferve for the people to enter ..."

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