noun \di-ˈzas-tər, -ˈsas-\

: something (such as a flood, tornado, fire, plane crash, etc.) that happens suddenly and causes much suffering or loss to many people

: something that has a very bad effect or result

: a complete or terrible failure

Full Definition of DISASTER

obsolete :  an unfavorable aspect of a planet or star
:  a sudden calamitous event bringing great damage, loss, or destruction; broadly :  a sudden or great misfortune or failure <the party was a disaster>

Examples of DISASTER

  1. The program examined several bridge failures and other engineering disasters.
  2. The new regulations could be a disaster for smaller businesses.
  3. They're trying to find a way to avoid disaster.
  4. The dinner party was a complete disaster.

Origin of DISASTER

Middle French & Old Italian; Middle French desastre, from Old Italian disastro, from dis- (from Latin) + astro star, from Latin astrum — more at astral
First Known Use: 1568


Next Word in the Dictionary: disaster area
Previous Word in the Dictionary: disassociate
All Words Near: disaster

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up disaster? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More