Cirque definition

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A steep bowl-shaped hollow occurring at the upper end of a mountain valley, especially one forming the head of a glacier or stream.
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(old poet.) A circle; ring.
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A circular space or arrangement.
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(geology) A curved depression in a mountainside with steep walls, forming the end of a valley.
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(geol.) A steep, hollow excavation high on a mountainside, made by glacial erosion; natural amphitheater.
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(archaic) A circus.
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A steep, amphitheatre-shaped hollow occurring at the upper end of a mountain valley, especially one forming the head of a glacier or stream. Cirques are formed by the erosive activity of glaciers and often contain a small lake.
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A ring; a circle.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cirque
Plural:
cirques

Origin of cirque

  • French from Latin circus circle circle

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French cirque, from Latin circus (“ring, circle”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- (“to turn, to bend”) .

    From Wiktionary