Circa (from Latin, meaning "around"), usually abbreviated c. or ca. (also circ. or cca.), means "approximately" in the English language, usually referring to a date.[1] Circa is widely used in genealogy and historical writing when the dates of events are not precisely known.

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


  • 1732–1799, both the years shown and the date range are precisely known
  • c. 1732–1799, only the second year shown is certain, the first year is approximately known
  • 1732 – c. 1799, in this case the first year is certain, and the second year is approximate
  • c. 1732 – c. 1799, both the years shown and the date range are approximately known

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  • circa — (Del lat. circa, alrededor de). prep. hacia (ǁ alrededor de). Circa 1700 …   Diccionario de la lengua española

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  • CIRCA — apud Recentiores vigiliae, excubiae, Ital. Cerchia Gallis la Ronde: Cuiusmodi Circas etiam fecisse in Monasteriis Monathos, horis illis, quibus vacare lectioni Fratres consuevêre, dicitur in Regula. S. Benedicti. Hinc qui circas Faciebat Monachus …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • circa — [dal lat. circa intorno a ]. ■ prep. [per introdurre un compl. d argomento: c. il resto, ne riparleremo ] ▶◀ a proposito di, intorno a, per quanto riguarda, relativamente a, quanto a, riguardo a, su. ■ avv. [nelle indicazioni di quantità, per… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • circa — 1861, from L. circa around, round about, near, about the time of, alternative form of circum round about (see CIRCUM (Cf. circum )) …   Etymology dictionary

  • circa — Von Mainz nach Frankfurt sind es circa 50 Kilometer …   Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer

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