big top


Definition of big top

1 : the main tent of a circus

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Recent Examples on the Web Shows take place under the big top tent in the parking lot of Florence Mall. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 15 Sep. 2021 In the big top heyday of the ’50s and ’60s, circus animals were viewed as exciting and glamorous. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, 11 June 2021 So what other great fiction hides under the big top? Washington Post, 25 May 2021 Now, however, the former Cirque du Soleil performer may soon be able to trade in his Montreal apartment for the big top: The famed circus is returning to the stage after the pandemic forced it to shutter 44 shows, from Melbourne to Hangzhou. New York Times, 9 May 2021 On Sunday, Texas State led 4-2 after four innings before South Alabama put together a big top of the fifth. Creg Stephenson |, al, 9 May 2021 With the help of one of the three elephants, the beams are pulled into place and the big top rises. Mary Ann Ashcraft,, 8 May 2021 Bennett was gloriously over the top in the Belvedere big top on Friday, the first of her two nights to kick off the new normal at Crooners. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, 24 Apr. 2021 Here’s the big top-sheet number: Of the 404 Golden Globes that have been handed out in the 14 film categories since 1991, 201 have gone on to win the Academy Award. Joe Reid, Vulture, 3 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of big top

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of big top was in 1763

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27 Sep 2021

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“Big top.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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: a large circus tent

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