cir·​ca | \ ˈsər-kə How to pronounce circa (audio) \

Definition of circa

: at approximately, in approximately, or of approximately used especially with dates born circa 1600

Examples of circa in a Sentence

He was born circa 1600.

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The designer made a splash with her first collection for the house circa Spring 2015, booking the then runway newcomer Gigi Hadid for a show at the landmark Boulevard Saint Germain shop and updating Rykiel’s signature striped knits. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Julie de Libran Exits Sonia Rykiel After Five Years as Artistic Director," 14 Mar. 2019 Our house, in a former New England mill and farming town, was built circa 1910. Popular Mechanics, "To Install a Pull-Up Bar, We Built a Surfboard," 23 Mar. 2019 Walt Disney chose to transpose the first film’s action to the more manifestly merrie Edwardian era, circa 1910. Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, "How Do You Reinvent Mary Poppins for 2018? Emily Blunt Has a Few Ideas," 8 Nov. 2018 No quinoa and lentil salad here, just good old-fashioned American fare — circa 1950. Georgina Schaeffer, Town & Country, "Be Our Guest," 9 Sep. 2013 Blantyre, Lenox, Massachusetts Another Forbes Five Star Relais & Chateaux resort, this Tudor style mansion and estate built circa 1902 was recently renovated from top to bottom, restoring it back to its Gilded Age splendor. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "8 Romantic Winter Weekend Getaways From New York City," 29 Dec. 2018 Unlike most anniversary sets, this one wisely excludes the original Janis Joplin performing circa 1968 Photo: Don Hunstein/Sony Music Archives album, since most fans likely own multiple copies. Marc Myers, WSJ, "‘Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills’ Review: A Classic Album’s Untold Story," 20 Nov. 2018 Ten thousand digits was within the storage capacity of even the earliest PCs, circa 1975, and modern machines have calculated pi—the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter—to trillions of digits. James Taranto, WSJ, "How to Store Data Along Memory Lane," 18 Jan. 2019 My pump looks like a smaller version of what iPhones looked like, circa 2005. Sue Campbell, Good Housekeeping, "Why Wearing a Bikini Will Help Me Feel Better About Having Diabetes," 7 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of circa

1861, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for circa

Latin, from circum around — more at circum-

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English Language Learners Definition of circa

formal : about or around

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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