circle etymology

English word circle comes from Proto-Indo-European *kr-, Ancient Greek (to 1453) κίρκος, Proto-Indo-European *kor

Detailed word origin of circle

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*kr- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
κίρκος Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
*kor Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
circus Latin (lat) A circular line or orbit; circle, ring. A racecourse or space where games are held, especially one that is round. The spectators in a circus; a circus.
circum Latin (lat) About, around, near. Nearby, at, in the neighbourhood of. Through, among, to About, around. In a circle, all around, on both sides.
circulus Latin (lat) (Medieval) A calendrical cycle. A company, social gathering, group. A necklace, chain. A ring, hoop. An orbit (circular path). Circle (geometric figure).
circle English (eng) (intransitive) To travel in circles.. (transitive) To place or mark a circle around.. (transitive) To surround.. (transitive) To travel around along a curved path. (South Africa) A traffic circle or roundabout.. (Wicca) A ritual circle that is cast three times deosil and closes three times widdershins either in the air with a wand or literally with stones or other items used for worship.. [...]

Words with the same origin as circle

Descendants of *kr-
cancer carpet circus course court cross cruise current exact exist exit experience experiment harry her here rape ring search share sharp sheriff short shortly
Descendants of κίρκος
circuit circular research
Descendants of *kor
coronary coronation crown crowned