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Circus, form of entertainment featuring trained animals and performances by acrobats, trapeze artists, horseback riders, and clowns, presented within a circular enclosure. Historically, “circus” (the Latin for “ring”) referred to chariot races, gladiatorial fighting, and animal events in ancient Rome. U.S. circuses date from colonial times, but the modern circus became popular in the 19th century.

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