- 1[countable] a group of entertainers, sometimes with trained animals, who perform skillful or amusing acts in a show that travels around to different places
- 2the circus [singular] a show performed by circus entertainers, usually in a large tent called abig top We took the children to the circus.
- 3 [singular] (informal) (disapproving) a group of people or an event that attracts a lot of attention A media circus surrounded the celebrity couple wherever they went. the American electoral circus
- 4[countable] (in ancient Rome) a place like a big, round, outdoor theater for public games, races, etc.