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Meaning of “circus” in the English Dictionary

"circus" in British English

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circusnoun

uk   /ˈsɜː.kəs/  us   /ˈsɝː-/
  • circus noun (ENTERTAINMENT)

B1 [C or S] a ​group of ​travellingperformersincluding acrobats (= ​peopleskilled in ​difficultphysicalmovements) or those who ​work with ​trainedanimals, or a ​performance by such ​people usually in a ​largetent: She ​ran away to ​join the circus. The ​horsestrotted into the circus ring (= the ​largecircle, with ​seats all around, in which a circus ​performs). The ​childrenloved being taken to the circus.

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(Definition of circus from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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circusnoun [C]

 us   /ˈsɜr·kəs/
a ​group of ​travelingentertainersincludingacrobats, ​clowns, and ​trainedanimals, or a ​performance by such a ​group, often in a ​tent: He ​quitschool in the eighth ​grade to ​join the circus. We ​saw the circus set up in a ​tent in the ​middle of the ​city. A circus is also something ​noisy and ​confused: The ​media circus ​covering the ​trial took over the ​courthousesteps.
(Definition of circus from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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