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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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the harvest moon was a glowing cirque in autumn sky
Recent Examples on the Web The 24-hour cirque du olé of Mi Tierra Cafe y Panadería downtown is a Tex-Mex touchstone. Mike Sutter,, "Review: Mi Familia de Mi Tierra at The Rim has better food than the original Cortez family’s Mexican restaurant in downtown San Antonio," 6 Feb. 2020 Featuring cirque artists and theatrical talent, this show is jam-packed with seasonal spirit. al, "9 Birmingham holiday events to attend this year," 4 Dec. 2019 Experience the magic of Christmas with dazzling performers and cirque artists, accompanied by holiday music. Jennifer Boehm,, "Top events for kids this weekend: Aviation Expo, Paw Patrol and more," 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, "From a new lift to added terrain, here’s what’s new at Colorado ski areas this season," 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,, "Holiday Guide 2019: Christmas lights, trains, Santa and other holiday events in Cincinnati," 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, "We talked with Colorado climber Mo Beck about tackling the remote “Unclimbables”," 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, "Polar Light," 10 Jan. 2019 Under the guidance of various instructors, members are able to explore cirque style fitness, acrobatics, and body balance. Vagney Bradley, Houston Chronicle, "Pole fitness offers patrons a different twist on exercise," 16 Jan. 2018

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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 24 Sep. 2020.

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