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Regent Circus.—A name ingeniously given at the first formation of Regent-street to two different sites at the opposite ends of that thoroughfare: the one where it crosses Oxford-street, the other its point of intersection with Piccadilly. The eternal fitness of things has by this time pretty well vindicated itself, and the two circuses are practically always known—as we have distinguished them throughout in the DICTIONARY—respectively as Oxford and Piccadilly Circus. Probably in another generation or two even the official mind will take note of the fact, and the absurdity will be removed in form, as it already has been in practice.
Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879