before 1000; < Latincirculus, equivalent to circ(us) (see circus) + -ulus-ule; replacing Middle Englishcercle < Old French < Latin, as above; replacing Old Englishcircul < Latin, as above
intercircle, verb (used with object), intercircled, intercircling.
recircle, verb, recircled, recircling.
undercircle, verb (used with object), undercircled, undercircling.
3. ring, halo, corona. 11. Circle, club, coterie, set, society are terms applied to restricted social groups. A circle may be a little group; in the plural it often suggests a whole section of society interested in one mode of life, occupation, etc.: a sewing circle; a language circle; in theatrical circles. Club implies an association with definite requirements for membership and fixed dues: an athletic club. Coterie suggests a little group closely and intimately associated because of congeniality: a literary coterie. Set refers to a number of persons of similar background, interests, etc., somewhat like a clique (See ring1. ) but without disapproving connotations; however, it often implies wealth or interest in social activities: the country club set. A society is a group associated to further common interests of a cultural or practical kind: a Humane Society.
It lets users build their own social networks for each circle of friends.
Some think that the regime's ageing inner circle might prefer to back a more seasoned figure from their own ranks.
Well-liked and popular, you have a large circle of family and friends.
Someone with fewer close friends but a wider circle of casual acquaintances is more likely to get ahead.
Five seconds into the video, it failed to play and the spinning circle took over the site, forcing me to close it down.
The group forms a circle while holding hands and chants in rhythmic tones.
At the back of the encampment, a group had gathered in a circle.
But here's the thing: primates with bigger brains tended to have a bigger circle of friends.
Neither ever discussed their relationship with anyone outside their closest circle of friends-not even with their mothers.
The ability to target a tightly knit group, such as a circle of friends or a family, has been of particular interest to marketers.
British Dictionary definitions for circle
(maths) a closed plane curve every point of which is equidistant from a given fixed point, the centre. Equation: (x –h)² + (y –k)² = r² where r is the radius and (h, k) are the coordinates of the centre; area πr²; circumference: 2πr
the figure enclosed by such a curve
(theatre) the section of seats above the main level of the auditorium, usually comprising the dress circle and the upper circle
something formed or arranged in the shape of a circle
a group of people sharing an interest, activity, upbringing, etc; set golf circles, a family circle
a domain or area of activity, interest, or influence
a process or chain of events or parts that forms a connected whole; cycle
c.1300, from O.Fr. cercle, from L. circulus "small ring," dim. of circus (q.v.). Replaced O.E. trendel and hring. Meaning "group of persons surrounding a center of interest" is from 1714; that of "coterie" is from 1640s; dim. form circlet is from late 15c. The verb is from late 14c.