EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CIRCUS
The meeting was held in the vast auditorium of the Circus Building, which was filled.
The first man to approach the wicket was the Director of the Circus.
If Monsieur the Director of the Circus comes now he will go in the special car.
It was a circus really, but that the worshippers did not know.
If you stop her off there, I dunno but she'd jine a circus or take to drink!
It would not have a circus of its own, forsooth, but it would share in ours!
And still the circus advanced, and the horse snorted and backed.
Why, they'll come as far to see your house as they will to the circus!
The circus had been the sole topic of conversation for a fortnight.
The other boys stood there watching the "circus," as Tubby called it.
late 14c., in reference to ancient Rome, from Latin circus "ring, circular line," which was applied by Romans to circular arenas for performances and contests and oval courses for racing (especially the Circus Maximus), from or cognate with Greek kirkos "a circle, a ring," from PIE *kirk- from root *(s)ker- "to turn, bend" (see ring (n.)).
In reference to modern large arenas for performances from 1791; sense then extended to the performing company, hence "traveling show" (originally traveling circus, 1838). Extended in World War I to squadrons of military aircraft. Meaning "lively uproar, chaotic hubbub" is from 1869. Sense in Picadilly Circus and other place names is from early 18c. sense "buildings arranged in a ring," also "circular road." The adjective form is circensian.
MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CIRCUS
- full turn
- parallel of latitude