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>
Origin and Etymology of commotion
Middle English, from Anglo-French commocion, from Latin commotion-, commotio, from commovēre —see commove
First Known Use: 15th century
COMMOTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of commotion for English Language Learners
: noisy excitement and confusion
COMMOTION Defined for Kids
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