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circusnoun

uk   /ˈsɜː.kəs/ us   /ˈsɝː.kəs/
  • 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 around, in which a circus performs). The children loved being taken to the circus.

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circusnoun [C]

us   /ˈsɜr·kəs/
a group of traveling entertainers including acrobats, clowns, and trained animals, or a performance by such a group, often in a tent: He quit school 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 courthouse steps.
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