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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Scholars generally agree that Sampson was born in Plympton, Massachusetts, circa 1760. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Diary Sheds Light on Deborah Sampson, Who Fought in the Revolutionary War," 2 July 2019 Clad in a black, kneelength NASCAR T-shirt and ripped jeans a la Def Leppard circa 1987, the Detroit songstress emerged to waves of young women’s screams, only to be halted within seconds as the digital drums abruptly cut out. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2019: Steve Aoki, Hanson and the best and the worst on the side stages on opening day," 27 June 2019 Below, find an aerial photo of the camp taken circa 1962, as well as a photo of German prisoners working as part of a neighborhood beautification detail in a New Orleans. Mike Scott,, "‘Voodoo City,’ Episode 10: New Orleans’ Nazi problem," 24 June 2019 In another evocative dual portrait, circa 1966, Tames caught Rep. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and black power activist Stokely Carmichael sharing a private laugh in the white marble corridors of the Rayburn House Office Building. WSJ, "‘In Mid-Sentence’ Review: An Ad Hoc Genre," 18 June 2019 While in high school, circa 2003, Natural High's Jordan Armond and Blaise Davis began making music for their sound system. Patricia Meschino, Billboard, "Natural High Music Premieres 'Be The One' ft. Tessanne Chin on Delicious Vinyl Island: Exclusive," 13 June 2019 Gold hoops were worn freely through the halls of Crete’s ancient palaces (2000-1600 BC) and by women in Mesopotamia circa 2500 BC. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "How to Find the Perfect Gold Hoops," 29 Mar. 2019 But among all these treasures is one that seems a frankly miraculous survival: a floral collar from Tutankhamun’s funeral feast, circa 1336-1327 BC. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "A History of Jewelry Debuts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Latest Exhibition, The Body Transformed," 8 Nov. 2018 Farther downtown, a modest SoHo building, circa 1962, had a studio available, with 475 square feet. New York Times, "For a Designer, Less Is More," 10 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of circa

formal : about or around

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