• WordNet 3.6
    • n cirque a steep-walled semicircular basin in a mountain; may contain a lake
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cirque A circle; a circus; a circular erection or arrangement of objects. "A dismal cirque Of Druid stones upon a forlorn moor."
    • Cirque A kind of circular valley in the side of a mountain, walled around by precipices of great height.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cirque A circus.
    • n cirque A circle; specifically, a circle regarded as inclosing any space or surrounding any object or group of objects.
    • n cirque Same as comb.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cirque (sėrk) a circus: a ring of some sort
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. circus,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. circus; cog. with Gr. kirkos.


In literature:

I have made the director at the Cirque-Olympique engage her.
"Paz" by Honore de Balzac
Zelie Cadelle, 49 Rue du Cirque.
"Other People's Money" by Emile Gaboriau
The most usual, and by far the most advantageous starting-place, is the village of Gavarnie, near the Cirque of that name.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 456" by Various
See the malt stored in many a plethoric sack, In the proud cirque of Ivan's bivouac.
"English as She is Wrote" by Anonymous
Their glacial cirques are girt with fantastically toothed and pinnacled walls.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
Within that cirque of thirty graves They laid him, close to Cedd.
"Legends of the Saxon Saints" by Aubrey de Vere
The Ambigu "Murat;" the Cirque "The Emperor.
"L'Aiglon" by Edmond Rostand
Like an arrested moonbeam, she Stood in the cirque of that deep tree.
"The Garden of Dreams" by Madison J. Cawein
I made up my mind, then, to go to that concert at the Cirque National, and to as many of the entertainments as might be offered.
"An Englishman in Paris" by Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
A dense forest and calm lake repose on the floor of the cirque.
"Glacier National Park [Montana]" by United States Dept. of the Interior

In poetry:

To the Cirque of the Gladiators which faced—
That haggard mark of Imperial Rome,
Whose Pagan echoes mock the chime
Of our Christian time:
It was void, and I inward clomb.
"Her Death And After" by Thomas Hardy
And, mother-like, in cirques of quiet shadows,
Milk flows, warm milk, that keeps all things alive;
Fruit is not far, th' abundance of the meadows,
And honey oozes from the hollow hive.
"Spring" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Prepare to be amazed if you have never seen a Cirque du Soleil show before, or even if you have.
'Cirque Dreams Holidaze' colossal , creative family entertainment.
In an offensive performance Sunday that resembled a UFC ground-and-pound attack far more than a Cirque du Soleil aerial show, the Vikings had at least two opportunities to stretch the field deep against Chicago.
Cirque du Soleil, House of Blues and Hard Rock Live.
Dunst was in rehab at Utah's Cirque Lodge in February, 2008.
Just back from the opening ceremony of the World Championship, where Cirque du Soleil was the opening act in what was quite an impressive presentation by the Turkish Basketball Federation.
The Cirque du Soleil production earned more than $79 million dollars the first half of this year alone.
Cirque du Soleil crafts exquisite spectacle.
Courtesy photo A featured performer from Cirque du Soleil's "Quidam" show.
Cirque du Soleil's extravagant 'Iris' will close Jan 19.
Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna plays Vancouver until Jan 13.
Ed Helms at Cirque du Soleil's "O" in the Bellagio on Sunday, Nov 11, 2012.
Eight years ago, the Metropolitan Opera had a hit with director Julie Taymor's now famous production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute ," thrusting opera into the age of Cirque du Soleil.
Betty White had her 89th birthday party at Le Cirque, but passed on the fancy food and noshed on hot dogs.
Cirque du Soleil tickets to give away this morning.