commotion

noun com·mo·tion \ kə-ˈmō-shən \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

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
4 a : 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.

Examples of commotion in a Sentence

  1. There was a sudden commotion when the actress entered the restaurant.

  2. the commotion created when the nation's top rock band arrived in town

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Origin and Etymology of commotion

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


COMMOTION Defined for English Language Learners

commotion

noun

Definition of commotion for English Language Learners

  • : noisy excitement and confusion


COMMOTION Defined for Kids

commotion

noun com·mo·tion \ kə-ˈmō-shən \

Definition of commotion for Students

: noisy excitement and confusion : turmoil


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