General English


  • noun a line forming a round shape, or a round shape formed by objects or people


  • noun the area within which, in certain limited-overs competitions, a specific minimum number of fielders must be stationed at the moment when the ball is delivered
    Citation ‘In the game at county level there are one or two other reasons for the call of “No Ball”, and I suppose the best known of these is when there are not the required number of fieldsmen within the fielding circle’ (Oslear & Mosey 1993)
    Citation ‘He had made good use of the idea of hitting out in the first fifteen overs, when most fielders are placed inside the circle’ (Purandare 2005)
    See also fielding restrictions, powerplay


  • A curve, all of whose contained points are equidistant from a fixed point located at the center of said points. Also, that which is in this shape.


  • In British theaters, a level of seating above the main areaof the auditorium but below the gallery; it is often subdividedinto the dress circle and upper circle.

Origin & History of “circle”

Etymologically, a circle is a ‘small ring’. The word comes ultimately from Latin circus (source of course of English circus and of a host of circle-related words), whose diminutive form was circulus. This was actually borrowed into English in Old English times, as circul, but this died out. modern English circle came via Old French cercle, and to begin with was thus spelled in English, but in the 16th century the Latin i was reintroduced. Latin derivatives include the adjective circulāris, source of English circular (15th c.), and the verb circulāre, whose past participle gave English circulate (15th c.).