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a. A public entertainment consisting typically of a variety of performances by acrobats, clowns, and often trained animals.
b. A traveling company that performs such entertainments.
c. A circular arena, surrounded by tiers of seats and often covered by a tent, in which such shows are performed.
2. A roofless oval enclosure surrounded by tiers of seats that was used in antiquity for public spectacles.
3. Chiefly British An open circular place where several streets intersect.
4. Informal Something suggestive of a circus, as in frenetic activity or noisy disorder: "I was amazed at the amount of hubbub in the lobby ... it was a circus. The check-in area brought to mind a mustering station on a foundering cruise ship" (Bill Bryson).
[Middle English, round arena, from Latin, circus, circle; see circle.]
n, pl -cuses
1. a travelling company of entertainers such as acrobats, clowns, trapeze artistes, and trained animals
2. a public performance given by such a company
3. an oval or circular arena, usually tented and surrounded by tiers of seats, in which such a performance is held
4. (General Sporting Terms) a travelling group of professional sportsmen: a cricket circus.
5. (Historical Terms) (in ancient Rome)
a. an open-air stadium, usually oval or oblong, for chariot races or public games
b. the games themselves
6. (Human Geography)
a. an open place, usually circular, in a town, where several streets converge
b. (capital when part of a name): Piccadilly Circus.
7. informal noisy or rowdy behaviour
8. informal a person or group of people whose behaviour is wild, disorganized, or (esp unintentionally) comic
[C16: from Latin, from Greek kirkos ring]
n., pl. -cus•es.
a. a large public show or entertainment featuring performing animals, clowns, feats of skill and daring, pageantry, etc.
b. the physical equipment, personnel, etc., of such a show.
c. the place where such a show is held, usu. a circular arena surrounded by tiers of seats, often in a tent.
2. (in ancient Rome)
a. a large, usu. U-shaped or oval roofless enclosure with tiers of seats on three or all sides, for chariot races, public games, etc.
b. a game or spectacle presented in such an arena.
3. Brit. an open circle or plaza where several streets converge.
4. a display of rowdy sport or wild activity.
[1350–1400; < Latin: circular region of the sky, oval space for games, akin to (or <) Greek kírkos ring]
circus- Latin for "ring," its first use was for the arena of Roman antiquity, an oval or circular area enclosed by tiers of seats and usually covered by a tent.
See also related terms for seats.
1. A hippodrome for horse and chariot racing.
2. A circular arrangement of terraced houses, as in Bath, England.
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|Noun||1.||circus - a travelling company of entertainers; including trained animals; "he ran away from home to join the circus"|
|2.||circus - a performance given by a traveling company of acrobats, clowns, and trained animals; "the children always love to go to the circus"|
three-ring circus - a circus with simultaneous performances in three rings
show - the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining; "a remarkable show of skill"
|3.||circus - a frenetic disorganized (and often comic) disturbance suggestive of a large public entertainment; "it was so funny it was a circus"; "the whole occasion had a carnival atmosphere"|
disturbance - the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion
|4.||circus - (antiquity) an open-air stadium for chariot races and gladiatorial games|
capital of Italy, Eternal City, Italian capital, Rome, Roma - capital and largest city of Italy; on the Tiber; seat of the Roman Catholic Church; formerly the capital of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire
antiquity - the historic period preceding the Middle Ages in Europe
|5.||circus - 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"|
|6.||Circus - a genus of haws comprising the harriers|
bird genus - a genus of birds
harrier - hawks that hunt over meadows and marshes and prey on small terrestrial animals
سِركسِرْكملتقى مُلْتَقى شَوارع في مَدينه، مَيْدان
circus(ˈsəːkəs) – plural ˈcircuses – noun
1. a travelling show with performances by horsemen, acrobats, animals etc. The children went to the circus. sirkus سِرك цирк circo cirkus der Zirkus cirkus τσίρκοcirco tsirkus سیرک sirkus cirqueקרקס सर्कस cirkus cirkusz sirkus hringleikahús, sirkus circo サーカス 서커스 cirkas cirks sarkas circussirkuscyrk سركس circo circ цирк cirkus cirkus cirkus cirkus ละครสัตว์ sirk 馬戲團 цирк سرکش gánh xiếc 马戏团
2. an open space in a town etc where several roads meet. Piccadilly Circus. plein ملتقى مُلْتَقى شَوارع في مَدينه، مَيْدان кръгъл площд praça kruhové náměstí runder Platz mit Straßenkreuzung runddel πλατείαglorieta ringväljak تقاطع؛ محل برخورد چند راه ympyräaukio rond-point ככר, כיכר चौक okrugao trg körtér simpangan hringtorg piazza 円形広場 (길들이 방사상으로 모이는) 원형극장 apskrita aikštė apaļš laukums (no kura starveidīgi iziet ielas) bulatan pleinrund plassplac څو، يوڅو (په دووزايت مګر ډير زيات نه)، څوڅو ځانګړې، جلا praça круглая площадь (kruhové) námestie križišče kružni trg rundel ลานกว้างที่ทางแยก meydan 十字路口的圓環 круглий майдан چوراہا ، چوک chỗ nhiều đường giao nhau 十字路口的圆形广场