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Definitions of circus

  1. a frenetic disorganized ( and often comic) disturbance suggestive of a circus or carnival; " it was so funny it was a circus"; " the whole occasion had a carnival atmosphere"
  2. a travelling company of entertainers; including trained animals; " he ran away from home to join the circus"
  3. a genus of haws comprising the harriers
  4. 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"
  5. ( ancient Rome) an open- air stadium for chariot races and gladiatorial games
  6. ( antiquity) an open- air stadium for chariot races and gladiatorial games
  7. 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.
  8. A circular inclosure for the exhibition of feats of horsemanship, acrobatic displays, etc. Also, the company of performers, with their equipage.
  9. Circuit; space; inclosure.
  10. A large level space for feats of horsemanship and feats of skill; the performance in such a space, and the performers of the feats.
  11. A circular building for the exhibition of games: a place for the exhibition of feats of horsemanship.
  12. An inclosed space for the exhibition of games or feats of horsemanship.
  13. A show of feats of horsemanship, etc.; also, the enclosure where it is given.
  14. A large oblong edifice, with an open space in the centre, surrounded by tiers of seats, in which public games, sports, and combats were exhibited; a place for the exhibition of equestrian feats; a circular space of any kind.

Usage examples for circus

  1. " The pleasure is mine," laughed Roscoe; " Tommy, you're as good as a circus." – Tom Slade Motorcycle Dispatch Bearer by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  2. " Let's have a circus," Patty proposed. – Just Patty by Jean Webster
  3. Front time to time during their progress I renewed my old one- sided acquaintance with the circus- men. – Short Stories and Essays From "Literature and Life" by William Dean Howells
  4. I'd turned in about an hour before, and I was poundin' my ear like a circus hand on a Sunday lay- over, when I hears the trouble cry. – Shorty McCabe by Sewell Ford
  5. Wanted him to fire the rock and begin the circus. – The Lure of the North by Harold Bindloss
  6. He could alter the shape of a nose, or perfect an irregular ear in the twinkling of an instrument; remove a human heart and insert it still beating without inconvenience to its owner; and was as much at home among the vessels of Thebesius as he was on Piccadilly Circus. – Mortmain by Arthur Cheny Train
  7. Well, first I'm going to try it with a circus but I don't expect to stay long. – Watch Yourself Go By by Al. G. Field
  8. What do you mean- circus? – The Corner House Girls at School by Grace Brooks Hill
  9. What the circus people had told him, then, was really true! – Pinocchio in Africa by Cherubini
  10. It's next to a circus parade in interest because you never can tell what new sort of clothes the boys are going to spring on us. – Homeburg Memories by George Helgesen Fitch
  11. Five minutes later we were in the street, walking towards Regent's Circus. – Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  12. " The circus," I murmured. – Where the Pavement Ends by John Russell
  13. They can't say circus boys don't know anything just because they perform in a circus ring." – The-Circus-Boys-Across-the-Continent-or-Winning-New-Laurels-on-the-Tanbark by Darlington, Edgar B. P.
  14. " I'll hurry," promised Bert, as he ran toward the house, followed by Snap, the trick dog that had once been in a circus. – The Bobbsey Twins on the Deep Blue Sea by Laura Lee Hope
  15. An elephant escapes from a circus and puts his head in at your window while you are writing and thinking of a word. – On Something by H. Belloc
  16. Get the circus tickets and we'll have a fine time just the same. – The Return of Peter Grimm by David Belasco Edited by Montrose J. Moses
  17. I sold 'em afterwards to a circus man. – Unexplored! by Allen Chaffee
  18. Maybe I'll be a circus- rider." – Chicken Little Jane by Lily Munsell Ritchie
  19. Why, William, you're going into the circus without paying for a ticket. – The Return of Peter Grimm by David Belasco Edited by Montrose J. Moses
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