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Synonyms for circus

a travelling company of entertainers

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a performance given by a traveling company of acrobats, clowns, and trained animals

a frenetic disorganized (and often comic) disturbance suggestive of a large public entertainment


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

an arena consisting of an oval or circular area enclosed by tiers of seats and usually covered by a tent

References in classic literature ?
Well, all through the circus they done the most astonishing things; and all the time that clown carried on so it most killed the people.
He doesn't like the circus; and I haven't the money to send him back to Africa where he comes from.
When I was five years old I went to my first circus. I came home from it sick--but not from peanuts and pink lemonade.
I saw the snake-charmer, and no more of the circus did I see that night.
When the first part of the performance was over, the Owner and Manager of the circus, in a black coat, white knee breeches, and patent leather boots, presented himself to the public and in a loud, pompous voice made the following announcement:
And the applause grew to a roar when Pinocchio, the famous Donkey, appeared in the circus ring.
Last summer the circus came to Temperance, and they had a procession in the morning.
I'd much rather go back to Kansas with you and be in a circus again."
The Edinburgh Festival boasts numerous circus acts - Chaz Royal's Sexy Circus Sideshow, the Flea Circus Open Slam and Peter Antoniou's Psychic Circus.
He's best known for his part in the circus. He began as a showman in 1835 when he was 25 years old.
This year's theme will be 'The World At Our Feet' and the nine-day event will showcase work from several different countries as well as providing a flavour of local Welsh musical and circus talent.
By the time it arrived in Korea, the Royal Italian Circus had greatly changed.
Arthur Fenwick and, left, one of his circus notebooks
RSPCA Cymru claims a video sent to WalesOnline by animal rights campaigners shows one of Circus Mondao's horses weaving its head back and forth, potentially indicating poor welfare.