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English definition of “circus”

circus

noun uk   /ˈsɜː.kəs/ us    /ˈsɝː-/

circus noun (ENTERTAINMENT)

B1 [C or S] a group of travelling performers including acrobats (= people skilled in difficult physical movements) or those who work with trained animals, or a performance by such people usually in a large tent: She ran away to join the circus. The horses trotted into the circus ring (= the large circle, with seats all round, in which a circus performs). The children loved being taken to the circus.

circus noun (ATTENTION)

[S] disapproving a lot of activity and interest caused by an event or situation: the media circus surrounding the case

circus noun (ROAD)

[C] UK an open circular area where several roads join: Piccadilly Circus Oxford Circus
(Definition of circus from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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