Meaning of full circle in English:

full circle

Pronunciation /ˌfʊl ˈsəːkl/


  • 1So as to complete a circle or (with reference to the turning of a wheel, especially the wheel of fortune) a full rotation; (hence) so as to return to a starting point or complete a cycle. Especially in "to come full circle".

    In earlier examples after Shakespeare's use.

  • 2 rare As or in the form of a full circle or disc.


  • Of a garment: forming a complete circle when spread out, and hanging in generous, full folds when worn.


Early 17th century; earliest use found in William Shakespeare (1564–1616), playwright and poet. From full + circle.