big top


: the main tent of a circus

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The big top line finding is that 2/3 of the variation in the emergence of large scale states between 1500 BCE and 1500 CE can be explained by a model with 12 parameters, of which only 4 have large effects. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 6 Oct. 2013 Nik Wallenda, the headliner, can trace his big top lineage back nearly 250 years, as can his 69-year-old mother, Delilah Wallenda, who helps him onto that wire. Alexis Soloski Seth Caplan, New York Times, 25 Nov. 2022 Sarasota High School had a circus, a real one, with a big top and rings and a trapeze. Lane Sainty, The Arizona Republic, 6 Aug. 2022 The twins headed to the big top during the 42nd International Circus Festival in Monte Carlo with their aunt, Princess Stephanie of Monaco, and their dad, Prince Albert II. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 23 July 2022 Kaleidoscopic lights cast their glow on the sides of the big top, creating the illusion of an endless, otherworldly sky. oregonlive, 30 June 2022 The UniverSoul Circus returned to Baltimore this month, with its red and yellow big top in the Security Square Mall parking lot. Maria Morales, Baltimore Sun, 17 June 2022 As the Georgia primaries are likely to demonstrate, sometimes the circus moves on and the chief clown is left behind where the big top used to stand. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 24 May 2022 Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced Wednesday its big top circus will resume touring five years after it was retired, and animals will no longer be part of the performance. Marisa Dellatto, Forbes, 18 May 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

big top

: the main tent of a circus

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