circa

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preposition cir·ca \ˈsər-kə\

Definition of circa

  1. :  at, in, or of approximately —used especially with dates <born circa 1600>

Examples of circa in a sentence

  1. He was born circa 1600.

Origin and Etymology of circa

Latin, from circum around — more at circum-


First Known Use: 1861


CIRCA Defined for English Language Learners

circa

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preposition cir·ca \ˈsər-kə\

Definition of circa for English Language Learners

  • : about or around


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