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Definition of circus:

  1. A circular inclosure for the exhibition of feats of horsemanship, acrobatic displays, etc. Also, the company of performers, with their equipage.
  2. A level oblong space surrounded on three sides by seats of wood, earth, or stone, rising in tiers one above another, and divided lengthwise through the middle by a barrier around which the track or course was laid out. It was used for chariot races, games, and public shows.
  3. Circuit; space; inclosure.


bazaar, sideshow, fair, big top, entertainment, carnival, spectacle, genus circus, show, festival, kermis, funfair.

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