big top

noun

1
: the main tent of a circus
2

Examples of big top in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web O'Donnell explained that chaplains have traveled with circuses throughout their history, performing baptisms, funerals and non-denominational religious services, as well as providing spiritual guidance and blessing the animals and the big top before each season. Amy Schwabe, Journal Sentinel, 10 May 2024 Easter Fun Fest This free event hosted by the Detroit Parks & Recreation Department will have carnival rides, a big top circus, a high velocity slide, face painting, DJs, community resources, a health fair, inflatables, giveaways, food trucks and more. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, 28 Mar. 2024 After all, the Benzini Brothers’ Depression-era traveling circus, where the show is set, is no tiptop big top. Elisabeth Vincentelli, Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2024 Laliberté said the future of the troupe rode on that single show — held in a big top in Little Tokyo for opening night of the Los Angeles Festival. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov. 2023 Having a permanent theater rather than a roving big top immediately upped Cirque’s game, Baldwin said. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov. 2023 The circus is coming to town, but the shenanigans happening under this big top aren’t the typical clown, juggler and trapeze acts. Richard Guzman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Dec. 2023 Complete with big top tent, animals, clowns and acrobats, the troupe was invited to Rome by a party branch in the working-class Quarticciolo district, run by Ennio (Silvio Orlando), an editor at Communist broadsheet l’Unità, and his seamstress deputy, Vera (Barbara Bobulova). David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 May 2023 Compared to traveling with a big top tent, transferring from arena to arena can be much easier. Cameron Fozi, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Big top.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/big%20top. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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big top

noun
1
: the main tent of a circus
2

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