brou·​ha·​ha | \ˈbrü-ˌhä-ˌhä, 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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The ensuing brouhaha caused Sichel and Schwarzman to abandon the school renaming and led the superintendent to write a letter of apology over how the matter was handled. Kathy Boccella,, "Abington superintendent to retire after Stephen Schwarzman donation debacle," 9 July 2018 There is a lot of brouhaha that comes with living one’s private life publicly. Elizabeth Wellington,, "Let's pray that Ben Simmons and Kendall Jenner don't make it through the summer | Elizabeth Wellington," 1 June 2018 The whole brouhaha apparently hasn't disheartened him. Doug Criss, CNN, "Jesse Duplantis says he's not asking followers to buy him a private jet. He just wants them to 'believe'," 4 June 2018 Cousins and Durant memorably got into a hallway brouhaha last December. Ben Golliver,, "The DeMarcus Cousins Experience Isn’t for Everyone, but Warriors Are More Than Ready," 2 July 2018 Another Beltway brouhaha erupted this weekend when the owner of tiny farm-to-table restaurant Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia, asked a diner, Sarah Sanders, to leave. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Sarah Sanders Red Hen, Saudi Women to Drive, U.S. Open Pregnancy: Broadsheet June 25," 25 June 2018 The partisan media is its instrument of choice, and the hotter a brouhaha in the news over whatever issue—taxes, entitlements, race, religion, class, trade, defense, choose your political goad—the greater the victory for Russia. WSJ, "Russia Wanted to Disrupt U.S. and Has Succeeded," 11 June 2018 With this latest Eagles brouhaha, the NFL is learning firsthand that any hopes of placating Trump are unlikely to succeed. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "The NFL gave the president what he wanted. He’s still fighting them.," 5 June 2018 Yet the Roseanne brouhaha tells us: We’re in urgent need of a refresher course in Twitter etiquette., "How To Use Twitter & Not Get Fired," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of brouhaha

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of brouhaha was in 1890

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English Language Learners Definition of brouhaha

: great excitement or concern about something

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