A circus is a group of many different performers, often including clowns, trapeze artists, and animal trainers. When the circus comes to town, you'll see a big, striped tent being set up for the show.

The ringmaster of a circus has historically been a kind of narrator, calling for the audience's attention and announcing different entertainers. Traditional circuses have performing animals, clowns, and acrobats, while more contemporary circuses combine elements of theater, dance, acrobatics, and music. You can also use circus to mean "noisy, confused activity." In Latin, the word circus means "ring," and the Romans used it to describe the arenas in which performances took place.

Definitions of circus
  1. noun
    a travelling company of entertainers; including trained animals
    “he ran away from home to join the circus
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    type of:
    company, troupe
    organization of performers and associated personnel (especially theatrical)
  2. noun
    a performance given by a traveling company of acrobats, clowns, and trained animals
    “the children always love to go to the circus
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    three-ring circus
    a circus with simultaneous performances in three rings
    type of:
    the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining
  3. noun
    a frenetic disorganized (and often comic) disturbance suggestive of a large public entertainment
    “it was so funny it was a circus
    synonyms: carnival
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    the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion
  4. noun
    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
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    type of:
    arena, scene of action
    a playing field where sports events take place
  5. noun
    (antiquity) an open-air stadium for chariot races and gladiatorial games
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    type of:
    arena, bowl, sports stadium, stadium
    a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments
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