traffic circle

noun
a circular arrangement constructed at the intersection of two or more roads in order to facilitate the passage of vehicles from one road to another.
Also called rotary; British, roundabout.


Origin:
1945–50

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traffic circle
 
n
(US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): roundabout a road junction in which traffic streams circulate around a central island

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Example sentences
There are major differences between the modern roundabout and the old style
  traffic circle or rotary.
When you get to the end of the ramp turn right and follow the road into the
  traffic circle.
Vehicle approaching rotary traffic circle or island.
Some customers, especially older ones, aren't stopping by because they're
  afraid to cross the large traffic circle.
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