Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The main tent of a circus.
  • n. The circus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A circus tent, especially the largest in a given circus, where the central attractions take place.
  • n. The circus; the circus lifestyle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance

Etymologies

From big + top (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Under the mist a crew of men were unrolling the big top of the Clyde Beatty Circus.

    Practical Demonkeeping

  • The big top sergeant stepped in, the door shut, the scarĀ­let transitter light glowed for the second time, the door opened as more air gushed into the waiting vacuum.

    Behold the Stars

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