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Definition of cirque

1 archaic : circus
3 : a deep steep-walled basin on a mountain usually forming the blunt end of a valley

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Examples of cirque in a Sentence

the harvest moon was a glowing cirque in autumn sky
Recent Examples on the Web The lake, a glacial tarn called Roopkund, was more than sixteen thousand feet above sea level, an arduous five-day trek from human habitation, in a mountain cirque surrounded by snowfields and battered by storms. Douglas Preston, The New Yorker, 7 Dec. 2020 The 24-hour cirque du olé of Mi Tierra Cafe y Panadería downtown is a Tex-Mex touchstone. Mike Sutter,, 6 Feb. 2020 Featuring cirque artists and theatrical talent, this show is jam-packed with seasonal spirit. al, 4 Dec. 2019 Experience the magic of Christmas with dazzling performers and cirque artists, accompanied by holiday music. Jennifer Boehm,, 3 Dec. 2019 For those who can handle the terrain in the cirque formed by Union Peak, Jacque Peak and Tucker Mountain, the rewards go beyond taming the steeps: The views back there are phenomenal. John Meyer, The Know, 20 Nov. 2019 Experience the magic of Christmas with dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists from all corners of the world, accompanied by your favorite holiday music performed live. Briana Rice,, 14 Nov. 2019 The Unclimbables just never got human, from going around them in the helicopter to actually being down in the cirque. John Meyer, The Know, 14 Oct. 2019 The cirque has no name, nor do the peaks above, or the spurs radiating from the main ridge, the arêtes. Barry Lopez, Harper's magazine, 10 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of cirque

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cirque

French, from Latin circus

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“Cirque.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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