noun \ˈrī-ət\

: a situation in which a large group of people behave in a violent and uncontrolled way

: a place that is filled with something

: someone or something that is very funny

Full Definition of RIOT

a :  profligate behavior :  debauchery
b :  unrestrained revelry
c :  noise, uproar, or disturbance made by revelers
a :  public violence, tumult, or disorder
b :  a violent public disorder; specifically :  a tumultuous disturbance of the public peace by three or more persons assembled together and acting with a common intent
:  a random or disorderly profusion <the woods were a riot of color>
:  one that is wildly amusing <the new comedy is a riot>

Examples of RIOT

  1. The news about the election caused a riot in the city.
  2. A lot of property was damaged in the recent riots.
  3. The woods are a riot of color in the autumn.
  4. The movie was an absolute riot.

Origin of RIOT

Middle English, from Anglo-French riote rash action, noise, disorder
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with RIOT



of a group of people : to behave in a violent and uncontrolled way

Full Definition of RIOT

intransitive verb
:  to indulge in revelry or wantonness
:  to create or engage in a riot
ri·ot·er noun

Examples of RIOT

  1. Students rioted after their team lost the football game.

First Known Use of RIOT

14th century


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