Definition of cirque in English:

cirque

Syllabification: cirque
Pronunciation: /sərk
 
/

noun

  • 1 Geology A half-open steep-sided hollow at the head of a valley or on a mountainside, formed by glacial erosion. Also called corrie, cwm.
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    • The fourth and fifth landscape types are alpine landscapes, consisting of branching networks of troughs separated by ridges; and cirque landscapes, in which separate cirques are set in an upland massif.
    • The cirque valley, which is heavily timbered, is deeply dissected by Portland Creek and its tributaries.
    • Sitting within a glacial cirque, the 17-room chalet has sweeping vistas of teal Lake McDonald - and the occasional mountain goat.
  • 2 literary A ring, circlet, or circle.
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    • The decoration of metal cirques and a network of patchwork cloth highlight extremely simple frocks to show off the figure.

Origin

late 17th century (sense 2): from French, from Latin circus.

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