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Dictionary definition for: Circus

1. (n) a travelling company of entertainers; including trained animals; "he ran away from home to join the circus"

2. (n) performance given by a traveling company of acrobats clowns and trained animals; "the children always love to go to the circus"

3. (n) a frenetic disorganized (and often comic) disturbance suggestive of a circus or carnival; "it was so funny it was a circus" "the whole occasion had a carnival atmosphere"

4. (n) (antiquity) an open-air stadium for chariot races and gladiatorial games

5. (n) 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"

6. (n) a genus of haws comprising the harriers

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