brou·​ha·​ha | \ ˈbrü-ˌhä-ˌhä How to pronounce brouhaha (audio) , ˌbrü-ˌhä-ˈhä, brü-ˈhä-ˌhä\

Definition of brouhaha

: hubbub, uproar A brouhaha erupted over her statements.

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There is a bit of a brouhaha over the etymology of brouhaha. Some etymologists think the word is onomatopoeic in origin, but others believe it comes from the Hebrew phrase bārŪkh habbā’, meaning "blessed be he who enters" (Psalms 118:26). Although we borrowed our spelling and meaning of brouhaha directly from French in the late 19th century, etymologists have connected the French derivation to that frequently recited Hebrew phrase, distorted to something like brouhaha by worshippers whose knowledge of Hebrew was limited. Thus, once out of the synagogue, the word first meant "a noisy confusion of sound" - a sense that was later extended to refer to any tumultuous and confused situation.

Examples of brouhaha in a Sentence

A brouhaha erupted over her statements about the president. There's been a lot of brouhaha about her statements.

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Buress mentioned the Cosby brouhaha again at the top of a performance in St. Louis on October 25. Longreads, "How the Cosby Story Finally Went Viral — And Why It Took So Long," 7 June 2019 Elsewhere in the crowd and contributing to the glamorous brouhaha that echoed through the Frick’s stately rooms festooned with many a François Boucher were Vanessa Traina, Georgina Bloomberg, and Leandra Medine. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "There Were Altuzarra Dresses Aplenty at The Frick’s Annual Young Fellows Ball," 23 Mar. 2019 This followed a brouhaha in which Sanford and Joan Weill’s efforts to change the name of upstate New York’s Paul Smith’s College to Joan Weill–Paul Smith’s College were rebuffed in court. Dan Duray, Town & Country, "When Is a High-Maintenance Donor Not Worth the Trouble?," 20 May 2019 The brouhaha has emerged during a week when Apple CEO Tim Cook is in China meeting with employees, government officials and others. Yoko Kubota, WSJ, "Stolen Apple IDs in China Lead to Mobile-Payment Pilfering," 11 Oct. 2018 The brouhaha began when the proud new dad posted a picture of himself taking little Ben on a private plane, wearing the baby in a carrier. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Andy Cohen Was Just Dad-Shamed for Taking His Newborn on an Airplane," 12 Feb. 2019 The controversial piece immediately set off a brouhaha from Trump and other White House officials. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "New York Times op-ed sparks denials from Trump staff: A list of officials claiming they're not the author," 7 Sep. 2018 As a result of the brouhaha, the April 2019 trial date has been cancelled and, for now, has not been rescheduled. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Facebook also let dating apps have further access to Graph API back in 2015," 5 Dec. 2018 But the overall emphasis is this, that Rosenstein, Mueller, the Brett Kavanaugh brouhaha, that this is all bad for the Republicans. Fox News, "Daines slams Dems' 'desperation tactics' against Kavanaugh," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of brouhaha

1890, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of brouhaha

informal + usually disapproving : great excitement or concern about something

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