cir·​ca | \ ˈsər-kə \

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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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 In an undated photo, Donald Trump, left, circa 1965. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 Originally built circa 1790, this 5,066-square-foot beauty was renovated and expanded in 1997 and currently sits on a 30-acre plot of land that looks out onto rolling tree-laden hills. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "1790 country house blending modern and rustic charm asks $800K," 16 July 2018 The house, built circa 1898, was part of the original enclave of Hamptons hideaways for the well-to-do along South Main Street. Maria Carter, Country Living, "A 12-Bedroom Cottage That Once Belonged to the Carnegies is for Sale," 20 Aug. 2015 Photo: Jim Heimann Collection/Courtesy TASCHEN The Big Red Piano store, circa 1977. Lisa Kalis, WSJ, "The Oddball Architecture of Los Angeles," 18 May 2018 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

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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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to gather or build up little by little

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