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Circa (often abbreviated c., ca., ca or cca. and sometimes italicized to show it is Latin) means "in approximately" (it literally means "around"), referring to a date. It is widely used in genealogy and historical writing, when the dates of events are approximately known.

When used in date ranges, a circa is applied before each approximate date, while dates without a circa immediately preceding them are generally assumed to be known with certainty.

For example, an encyclopedia entry for Genghis Khan may begin with "Genghis Khan (c. 1162 – August 18, 1227)", suggesting that he was born in or around the year 1162. The year of his death appears as a precise value, suggesting that there is definite evidence that this is when he died.[1]

Other example, an encyclopedia entry for "Craig Arnold" (November 16, 1967 – c. April 27, 2009)", suggesting that he died on or around April 27.

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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010
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English

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Etymology

From Latin circa.

Pronunciation

Preposition

circa

  1. approximately, about
    Julius Caesar visited this area circa 50 BC

Usage notes

  • Used only before a date or measure, never after.
  • Often abbreviated as either ca., ca, or c., rarely as cca. or cir...

Translations

Anagrams

  • Anagrams of accir
  • craic

Dutch

Pronunciation

Alternative forms

Adverb

circa

  1. circa: about, approximately

Italian

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈtʃir.ka/, SAMPA: /"tSir.ka/
  • Hyphenation: cìr‧ca

Preposition

circa

  1. regarding, concerning

Adverb

circa

  1. about, approximately

Anagrams

  • Anagrams of accir
  • ricca

Latin

Adverb

circa (not comparable)

  1. around; about

Preposition

circa + accusative case

  1. around; near; about

Genealogy

Up to date as of February 01, 2010

From Familypedia

Circa (often abbreviated c., ca., ca or cca. and sometimes italicized to show it is Latin) literally means "about" or "around". It is widely used in genealogy and historical writing, when the dates of events are approximately known.

For example, an encyclopedia entry for Genghis Khan may begin with "Genghis Khan (circa 1162–August 18, 1227)".

When used in date ranges, a circa is applied before each approximate date, while dates without a circa immediately preceding them are generally assumed to be known with certainty. For instance, the 1162 in the above example is approximate, but the August 18, 1227 is known.

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This page uses content from the English language Wikipedia. The original content was at Circa. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with this Familypedia wiki, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons License.

This article uses material from the "Circa" article on the Genealogy wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

Simple English

Circa is the Latin word for "around" or "about". It is often used in genealogy to show when something approximately happened. It is often shortened to c., ca., ca or cca.

An encyclopedia entry may begin with circa in the date of birth, for example: "Genghis Khan (c. 1162 – August 18, 1227)". The "c." means that he was born in about 1162, but there is no exact date. Sometimes the circa symbol is italicized to show that it is Latin.


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