Origin of circaClassical Latin
The definition of circa is about or approximately regarding dates.
An example of circa is the estimated date on an antique desk at a museum.
prepositionAbbr. c. or ca
In approximately; about: born circa 1900.
Origin of circaLatin circā from circum around ( probably on the model of adverbs like intrā within ) from circus circle ; see circle .
- Used only before a date or measure, never after
From Latin circa.
- A subsequent bishop obtained a grant of a fair on St Bartholomew's day, which according to Camden (circa 1585), had become almost "the most thronged" cattle fair in England, but is no longer held.
- (After Brefeld, I-4 X225, 5 X circa 60, from v.
- Circa 810-8 P Y g (Q) (810-877) the chief philosophic element is supplied by the influence of Plato and Plotinus, transmitted through an unknown author of the 5th century, who assumed the name of Dionysius the Areopagite.
- 607) airapxai and bErc circa are synonymous, and in Mahommedan law the "tithe" is sometimes only - 0 th or - T o th.
- Ray's first book, the Catalogue plantarum circa Cantabrigiam nascentium (1660, followed by appendices in 1663 and 1685), was written in conjunction with his "amicissimus et individuus comes," John Nid.