commotion


com·mo·tion

noun \kə-ˈmō-shən\

: noisy excitement and confusion

Full Definition of COMMOTION

1
:  a condition of civil unrest or insurrection
2
:  steady or recurrent motion
3
:  mental excitement or confusion
4
a :  an agitated disturbance :  to-do
b :  noisy confusion :  agitation

Examples of COMMOTION

  1. There was a sudden commotion when the actress entered the restaurant.
  2. <the commotion created when the nation's top rock band arrived in town>

Origin of COMMOTION

Middle English, from Anglo-French commocion, from Latin commotion-, commotio, from commovēre
First Known Use: 15th century

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