Definition of chaos
2a often capitalized : a state of things in which chance is supreme; especially : the confused unorganized state of primordial matter before the creation of distinct forms — compare cosmosb : the inherent unpredictability in the behavior of a complex natural system (as the atmosphere, boiling water, or the beating heart)
3a : a state of utter confusion <the blackout caused chaos throughout the city>b : a confused mass or mixture <a chaos of television antennas>
chaoticplay \kā-ˈä-tik\ adjective
chaoticallyplay \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of chaos in a sentence
The loss of electricity caused chaos throughout the city.
When the police arrived, the street was in total chaos.
The country had descended into economic chaos.
Origin and Etymology of chaos
Latin, from Greek — more at gum
First Known Use: 15th century
CHAOS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of chaos for English Language Learners
: complete confusion and disorder : a state in which behavior and events are not controlled by anything
: the state of the universe before there was any order and before stars and planets were formed
CHAOS Defined for Kids
Definition of chaos for Students
: complete confusion and disorder
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