cir·​ca | \ˈsər-kə \

Definition of circa 

: at, in, 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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To cite one instance, the architects could have restored the porch, circa 1900, complete with muscular stonework and twin flights of stairs. Blair Kamin,, "A wreck no more: $15 million renovation makes Illinois’ once-decrepit Executive Mansion shine again," 16 June 2018 Set design drawings for ‘Carousel’ by Jo Mielziner, circa 1945. Maya Sweedler, WSJ, "Getting to Know Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Broadway Shows at the Public Library," 7 July 2018 He can be seen in the Nähr show heading up a vast crowd of hunters, circa 1910. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Faces of Old Vienna," 12 July 2018 Gill's voice expertly channels the now missing harmonic link in the band's sound while the younger Frey eerily resembles his pop circa 1974 vocally and visually, making the stage on Friday night look like a happy time-traveling experiment. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "A revamped Eagles lineup and Chris Stapleton knock the hits out of Minute Maid Park," 16 June 2018 In this image taken from video, a sign for Bruslie Cemetery circa 1830s stands by a burial ground for slaves in New Orleans, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Washington Post, "Unforgotten: Oil company preserves hidden slave cemeteries," 14 June 2018 Photo by Tom Wargacki/Archive Photos/Getty Images Edith Bouvier Beale (1917 - 2002), a cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, at home with her cats in Grey Gardens, a run-down mansion in East Hampton, New York, circa 1975., "Why Fashion People Love Cult Film Grey Gardens," 3 July 2018 Two of the Carters' dancers pose in front of Jacques-Louis David's painting of Parisian socialite Juliette Récamier, circa 1800. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside the Louvre with Beyoncé and Jay-Z," 18 June 2018 In its halcyon days, circa 1918, PE deployed 2,160 trains daily across 1,164 miles of track connecting Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Nicole Miller-coleman,, "Father's Day weekend is Pacific Electric Weekend at the Orange Empire Railway Museum," 16 June 2018

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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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: about or around

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obstinately defiant of authority

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