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noun     circus pronunciation in British English
/ˈsɜː(r)kəs/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a group of people, and usually animals, that travels from place to place and entertains people by performing skilful or funny movements and tricks
    1. a.

      the circus

      a show with performers such as acrobats and clowns and animals such as elephants and horses that takes place in a large tent called a big top

      Can we go to the circus tomorrow?

      The kids want us to take them to the circus again.

    2. b.
      [only before noun] belonging to or connected with a circus
      a circus act (=performance):

      a high-wire circus act

  2. 2
    [singular] a situation in which there is too much excitement and uncontrolled activity
    a media circus:

    Some celebrities complained that the awards ceremony has become a media circus.

  3. 4
    [countable] British a circular area in a town where several streets cross one another

    Piccadilly Circus

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