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British English: /ˈsəːk(ə)l/
American English: /ˈsərk(ə)l/

Translation of circle in French:


  • 1 (shape)
    (of spectators, trees, chairs, flowers) cercle (m)
    (of fabric, paper, colour) rond (m)
    to form a circle
    former un cercle
    faire un cercle (around autour de)
    to sit in a circle
    s'asseoir en cercle
    to move/swim in circles
    tourner/nager en rond
    to go round in circles [literal] [figurative]
  • 2 (group) to be in somebody's circle
    faire partie du cercle de quelqu'un
    his circle of friends
    le cercle de ses amis
    in business/theatrical circles
    dans les milieux d'affaires/du théâtre
    literary circles
    le monde littéraire
    to move in fashionable circles
    fréquenter le beau monde
  • 3 (Theatre) to sit in the circle
    être au balcon

transitive verb

  • 1 (move round)
    (plane, helicopter)
    tourner autour de (airport, tower)
    graviter autour de (planet)
    (person, animal, vehicle)
    faire le tour de (square, building)
    tourner autour de (person, animal)
    they circled each other
    ils se tournaient autour

intransitive verb

  • (helicopter, plane, vulture)
    décrire des cercles (above, over au-dessus de)
    (predator, vehicle, horseman)
    tourner en rond (around autour de)
    as we walked along, the helicopter circled overhead
    on marchait, et l'hélicoptère décrivait des cercles au-dessus de nous


to come full circle

revenir à son point de départ

the wheel has come ou turned full circle

la boucle est bouclée

to have circles under one's eyes

to square the circle

résoudre (le problème de) la quadrature du cercle
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