Circle etymology


English word circle comes from Proto-Indo-European *kr-, Ancient Greek (to 1453) κίρκος, Proto-Indo-European *kor

Etymology of circle

Detailed word origin of circle

Dictionary entry Language Definition
*kr- Proto-Indo-European (ine)
κίρκος Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
*kor Proto-Indo-European (ine)
circus Latin (lat) A circular line or orbit; circle, ring. A racecourse or space where games are held, especially one that is round. The spectators in a circus; a circus.
circum Latin (lat) About, around, near. Nearby, at, in the neighbourhood of. Through, among, to About, around. In a circle, all around, on both sides.
circulus Latin (lat) (Medieval) A calendrical cycle. A company, social gathering, group. A necklace, chain. A ring, hoop. An orbit (circular path). Circle (geometric figure).
circle English (en) (intransitive) To travel in circles.. (transitive) To place or mark a circle around.. (transitive) To surround.. (transitive) To travel around along a curved path. (South Africa) A traffic circle or roundabout.. (Wicca) A ritual circle that is cast three times deosil and closes three times widdershins either in the air with a wand or literally with stones or other items used for worship.. [...]

Words with the same origin as circle

Descendants of κίρκος

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Descendants of *kor