circular

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, from Old French circulier, from Latin circularis, from circulus, diminutive of circus (ring).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsɜː(ɹ)k.jə.lə(ɹ)/
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

circular (comparative more circular, superlative most circular)

  1. Of or relating to a circle.
  2. In the shape of, or moving in a circle.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 5, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      Here, in the transept and choir, where the service was being held, one was conscious every moment of an increasing brightness; colours glowing vividly beneath the circular chandeliers, and the rows of small lights on the choristers' desks flashed and sparkled in front of the boys' faces, deep linen collars, and red neckbands.
  3. Circuitous or roundabout.
  4. Referring back to itself, so as to prevent computation or comprehension; infinitely recursive.
    circular reasoning
    Your dictionary defines "brave" as "courageous", and "courageous" as "brave". That's a circular definition.
    a circular formula in a spreadsheet
  5. Distributed to a large number of persons.
    • Hallam
      a proclamation of Henry III., [] doubtless circular throughout England
  6. (obsolete) Perfect; complete.
    • Massinger
      A man so absolute and circular / In all those wished-for rarities that may take / A virgin captive.
  7. (archaic) Adhering to a fixed circle of legends; cyclic; hence, mean; inferior.
    • Dennis
      Had Virgil been a circular poet, and closely adhered to history, how could the Romans have had Dido?

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Noun[edit]

circular (plural circulars)

  1. A printed advertisement, directive, or notice intended for mass distribution; a flyer
  2. In administration, a circular letter
  3. (dated) A sleeveless cloak, cut in circular form.

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Asturian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

circular (epicene, plural circulares)

  1. circular

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Verb[edit]

circular

  1. to circle

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Galician[edit]

Adjective[edit]

circular m, f (plural circulares)

  1. circular

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

circular m, f (plural circulares; comparable)

  1. circular, round

Noun[edit]

circular m (plural circulares)

  1. circular (publication)

Verb[edit]

circular (first-person singular present indicative circulo, past participle circulado)

  1. to circulate
  2. to circle

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from Latin circulāris.

Adjective[edit]

circular m, f (plural circulares)

  1. circular

Noun[edit]

circular f (plural circulares)

  1. circular (advertisement)

Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from Latin circulāre, present active infinitive of circulō.

Verb[edit]

circular (first-person singular present circulo, first-person singular preterite circulé, past participle circulado)

  1. to circulate
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