Definition of circa in English:



  • (often preceding a date) approximately.

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