(1)   Performance given by a traveling company of acrobats clowns and trained animals
"The children always love to go to the circus"
(2)   A frenetic disorganized (and often comic) disturbance suggestive of a large public entertainment
"It was so funny it was a circus"
"The whole occasion had a carnival atmosphere"
(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)   (antiquity) an open-air stadium for chariot races and gladiatorial games
(6)   A travelling company of entertainers; including trained animals
"He ran away from home to join the circus"


  1. A traveling company of performers that may include acrobats, clowns, trained animals, and other novelty acts, that gives shows usually in a circular tent.
    The circus will be in town next week.
  2. A round open space in a town or city where multiple streets meet.
    Oxford Circus in London is at the north end of Regent Street.
  3. In the ancient Roman Empire, a building for chariot racing.
  4. A World War II code name for bomber attacks with fighter escorts in the day time. The attacks were against short range targets with the intention of occupying enemy fighters and keeping their fighter units in the area concerned.
    • RAF Web - Air of Authority
      ... the squadron (No. 452) moved to Kenley in July 1941 and took part in the usual round of Circus, Rhubarb and Ramrod missions.


From , related with .


  1. A circular line or orbit; circle, ring.
  2. A racecourse or space where games are held, especially one that is round.
  3. The spectators in a circus; a circus.