• (RP) IPA: /ˈsɜːk.jə.lə(ɹ)/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈsɝk.jə.lɚ/


  1. Of or relating to a circle.
  2. In the shape of, or moving in a circle.
  3. Circuitous or roundabout.
  4. Referring back to itself, so as to prevent computation or comprehension; infinitely recursive.
    circular reasoning
    Your dictionary defines "brave" as "courageous", and "courageous" as "brave". That's a circular definition.
    a circular formula in a spreadsheet
  5. Distributed to a large number of persons.
    • a proclamation of Henry III., […] doubtless circular throughout England
  6. (obsolete) Perfect; complete.
    • 1632, Philip Massinger, Maid of Honour, act I, scene 2:
      A man so absolute and circular / In all those wished-for rarities that may take / A virgin captive.
  7. (archaic) Adhering to a fixed circle of legends; cyclic; hence, mean; inferior.
    • Had Virgil been a circular poet, and closely adhered to history, how could the Romans have had Dido?
Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: circular
  • Russian: око́льный
  • German: zirkelhaft
  • Russian: циркуля́рный

circular (plural circulars)

  1. Synonym of flyer#English|flyer: a printed advertisement, directive, or notice intended for mass circulation.
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 55:
      The pigeon-hole was also stuffed with circulars and hand-bills.
  2. Short for circular letter#English|circular letter.
  3. (dated) A sleeveless cloak cut from a circular pattern.
  4. A shuttle bus with a circular route.

circular (circulars, present participle circularing; past and past participle circulared)

  1. To distribute circulars to or at.
  2. To extend in a circular direction.

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