- 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 or cwm.More example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- The decoration of metal cirques and a network of patchwork cloth highlight extremely simple frocks to show off the figure.
late 17th century (in sense 2): from French, from Latin circus.
More definitions of cirqueDefinition of cirque in:
- The US English dictionary