Definition of circa in English:



  • (often preceding a date) approximately.

    ‘the church was built circa 1860’
    • ‘Jakober's narrator, Paul, is a repressed Christian monk circa the First Crusade.’
    • ‘This was circa 1977 and ‘new age traveller’ was not part of the common vocabulary of the time.’
    • ‘In one shot, an extra is clearly seen to be wearing a Taiga jacket, a trademark of Vancouver circa 1990s or later.’
    • ‘The ancient church dates to circa 1000 AD and is the oldest standing building in the parish of Aghamore.’
    • ‘This is the melee that is urban India, circa 2004.’
    • ‘For some reason we were discussing Coronation Street, and I quoted my favourite line, circa 1966’
    • ‘This construction, despite often being called the Yorkshire Stonehenge, is a reproduction, circa 1820.’
    • ‘The can of Golden Circle Pineapple Chunks has the label design circa 1985.’
    • ‘This was, in fact, the widely perceived view prior to circa 1990.’
    • ‘My earliest Guernsey ancestor whose name I know was born circa 1780.’
    • ‘Mountmellick courthouse was built circa 1840 and served the town for close on a century and a half.’
    • ‘You would be forgiven for thinking that you were in New England circa 1880.’
    • ‘Like a lot of boys born in Ireland circa 1979 and 1980, my brother too bears a name that betrays his vintage.’
    • ‘My maternal grandmother got her bachelor's degree in Home Economics there back circa 1934.’
    • ‘This was a bag you'd take when setting off for London on a steamship circa 1955.’
    • ‘He discovered a settlement dating back to the early bronze age, circa 2000 BC, in Warburton.’
    • ‘The earliest use of the term was recorded in Texas circa 1850.’
    • ‘The room itself is decorated in the style of a particularly tasteless English living room, circa 1976.’
    • ‘This was student politics circa 1926, in the days when electing a rector at Edinburgh University caused mayhem in the city.’
    • ‘We recently bought a new house that had a couple of large ceiling fans from circa 1980.’
    approximately, about, around, round about, in the region of, roughly, something like, in the area of, in the neighbourhood of, of the order of, or so, or thereabouts, there or thereabouts, more or less, give or take a few, plus or minus a few
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Mid 19th century: Latin.