big top


Definition of big top

1 : the main tent of a circus

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Recent Examples on the Web Telma became a dancer, drawing gasps and laughs on the floor under the big top. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "The spectacular tale of a stranded circus—and its great escape from Honduras," 27 July 2020 Guests flood into the big top, their faces illuminated by bright spotlights. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "The spectacular tale of a stranded circus—and its great escape from Honduras," 27 July 2020 Before that, the more intimate big top tent version played what is now Miami’s Maurice A. Ferré Park, but back in 2004 it was known as Bicentennial Park. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Derring-do deux? Cirque du Soleil gives ‘Alegria’ a makeover," 5 Dec. 2019 As borders closed, Cirque had to race to load big top equipment on to giant cargo planes and repatriate 2,000 employees. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "Will Cirque du Soleil Rise Again?," 17 May 2020 The exhumations at Northwood Cemetery in Windsor, Conn., occurred about 2 miles from the site of the big top fire that killed 168 people and injured 682 others., "WINDSOR, Conn. — Authorities exhumed the bodies Monday of two victims of the 1944 Hartford circus fire in the hopes of determining whether one of them is a woman who is among five people still listed as missing after the tragedy.," 8 Oct. 2019 Alegría is the Cirque du Soleil’s current production being performed under a big top next to Sam Houston Race Park. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "Alegría-inspired mural unveiled in Midtown," 9 Mar. 2020 Lichtenbaum bought a bag of peanuts for a nickel and entered the big top with his sister. Daniela Altimari,, "On circus fire anniversary, poignant reflections on 168 lives lost," 7 July 2019 According to eyewitness accounts, the 48-foot tall big top burned in less than 10 minutes. Dave Altimari,, "State medical examiner exhumes bodies of two circus fire victims in search for DNA," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of big top

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Big top.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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: a large circus tent

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