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
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
Recent Examples of commotion from the Web
Meanwhile, back to the beach in Panama City, Florida, Jessica and Derek Simmons spotted crowd commotion and saw that six members of a single family—
The girl saw the commotion and the fleet of police cruisers, fire trucks and ambulances parked near her house.
A black police officer who was off duty and at home heard the commotion, grabbed his service weapon and went outside.
While the two men were talking, the girlfriend told police there was a commotion outside, the affidavit states.
The X Games qualifier at Boise’s Rhodes Skate Park is finally here, and with it comes tons of commotion.
After a group of people made some commotion by one of the gas pumps, customer Brandon Radke went over to see what the fuss was about and soon realized a snake was inside the dispenser, according to WSB-TV Atlanta.
The chase ended at Sixth and Alton, where police had a confrontation with the suspects and the commotion caught the attention of several residents in the area.
An eastbound train pulled up and Knipe could hear a commotion.
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Definition of commotion for English Language Learners
: noisy excitement and confusion
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