Circus - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈsɜːrkəs|  American pronunciation of the word circus
Brit.  |ˈsəːkəs|  British pronunciation of the word circus


- a travelling company of entertainers; including trained animals
- a performance given by a traveling company of acrobats, clowns, and trained animals
- a frenetic disorganized (and often comic) disturbance suggestive of a large public entertainment(syn: carnival)
- (antiquity) an open-air stadium for chariot races and gladiatorial games
- an arena consisting of an oval or circular area enclosed by tiers of seats and usually covered by a tent
- a genus of haws comprising the harriers


He worked for a small circus.

We're going to the circus.

Piccadilly Circus

Oxford Circus

The first day of school is always such a circus.

The trial has turned into a media circus.

he ran away from home to join the circus

the children always love to go to the circus

it was so funny it was a circus

they used the elephants to help put up the circus

There were a lot of families at the circus.

The child's eyes were filled with wonder during the trip to the circus.

The circus lion jumped through the hoop.

My first ambition as a child was to be in the circus.

...the farcical behavior of the troupe of circus clowns...

Word forms

singular: circus
plural: circuses
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