Simple Definition of fragile
: easily broken or damaged : very delicate : not strong
Examples of fragile in a sentence
Her health has always been very fragile.
an artist with a fragile ego
He is in an emotionally fragile state.
The two countries have formed a fragile coalition.
Origin and Etymology of fragile
Middle French, from Latin fragilis — more at frail
First Known Use: 1521
Synonym Discussion of fragile
synonyms see in addition weak
FRAGILE Defined for Kids
Word Root of fragile
The Latin word frangere, meaning “to break,” and its form fractus give us the roots frag and fract. Words from the Latin frangere have something to do with breaking. Something fragile is easily broken. A fraction is a portion broken off from a whole. To fracture something, such as a bone, is to break it. A fragment is a part that has been broken off from something larger or that is incomplete.
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