Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “circle”

circle

noun     /ˈsɜːkl/
SHAPE [C] A2 a round, flat shape like the letter O, or a group of people or things arranged in this shape: We all sat on the floor in a circle.Geometrical shapesSpherical, circular and annular objects
GROUP [C] B2 a group of people with family, work, or social connections: a close circle of friends It's a technical term used in medical circles.Groups of people
the circle UK the seats in the upper area of a theatre → See also inner circle, traffic circle, vicious circleTheatres, cinemas and their parts
(Definition of circle noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

Definitions of “circle” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

limber up

to do gentle exercises to stretch the muscles in order to prepare the body for more active physical exercise

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More