commotion

noun
com·​mo·​tion | \ kə-ˈmō-shən How to pronounce commotion (audio) \

Definition of commotion

1 : a condition of civil unrest or insurrection The commotion was finally brought to an end and peace was restored.
2 : steady or recurrent motion the commotion of the surf
3 : mental excitement or confusion … startled … into no ordinary state of commotion.— Arnold Bennett
4a : an agitated disturbance : to-do the commotion caused by the president's visit
b : noisy confusion : agitation The commotion backstage had brought the play to a stop.

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Examples of commotion in a Sentence

There was a sudden commotion when the actress entered the restaurant. the commotion created when the nation's top rock band arrived in town

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If there are 250 guests with lots of kids running around, try to keep your focus, as you may get interrupted by shrieking little ones and other commotions. Country Living, "How to Write the Best Maid of Honor Speech," 16 May 2019 Last night, Bookmarc, the charming West Village shop founded by Marc Jacobs, throbbed with commotion. Ian Malone, Vogue, "A Vogue-heavy Crowd Came Out to Tonne Goodman’s Point of View Book Party at Bookmarc," 17 Apr. 2019 There was quite a commotion in Boston during the week over, of all things, tributes. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Celtics: When tributes go wrong," 20 Jan. 2018 And then just a few minutes later there was a sound of yelling, bodies moving and commotion. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners show some pregame fight with an altercation in the clubhouse," 4 Sep. 2018 The lions had been heard making a commotion in the early hours of Monday. NBC News, "Rhino poachers eaten by lions on South African game reserve," 6 July 2018 Ellis was among the passengers who witnessed a naked man tear down the aisle upon the plane's descent, yelling and waving in a commotion before he was tackled by passengers and locked in a bathroom, Ellis later said on Twitter. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Naked man runs down aisle of Alaska Airlines flight, passengers say," 15 May 2018 Ellis was among the passengers who witnessed a naked man tear down the aisle upon the plane’s descent, yelling and waving in a commotion before he was tackled by passengers and locked in a bathroom, Ellis later said on Twitter. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "Naked man runs down aisle of Alaska Airlines flight, passengers say," 15 May 2018 In all of the commotion, Rikki hadn’t realized that she was stuck in place. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award runner-up: "Am I Not Your Animal" by Matt Jones," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of commotion

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for commotion

Middle English, from Anglo-French commocion, from Latin commotion-, commotio, from commovēre — see commove

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commotion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of commotion

: noisy excitement and confusion

commotion

noun
com·​mo·​tion | \ kə-ˈmō-shən How to pronounce commotion (audio) \

Kids Definition of commotion

: noisy excitement and confusion : turmoil

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