brouhaha

noun brou·ha·ha \ ˈbrü-ˌhä-ˌhä , ˌbrü-ˌhä-ˈhä , brü-ˈhä-ˌhä \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of brouhaha

: hubbub, uproar
  • A brouhaha erupted over her statements.

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Examples of brouhaha in a Sentence

  1. A brouhaha erupted over her statements about the president.

  2. There's been a lot of brouhaha about 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.

Origin and Etymology of brouhaha

French


BROUHAHA Defined for English Language Learners

brouhaha

noun

Definition of brouhaha for English Language Learners

  • : great excitement or concern about something


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