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disarray

noun dis·ar·ray \ ˌdis-ə-ˈrā \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of disarray

1 :a lack of order or sequence :confusion, disorder
  • the room was in disarray
  • … the disarray of paper in the In-Out basket …
  • —Jackie Weger
2 :disorderly dress :dishabille

Examples of disarray in a Sentence

  1. The room was in disarray.

  2. The company has fallen into complete disarray.

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Origin and Etymology of disarray


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disarray

verb

Definition of disarray

transitive verb
1 :to throw into disorder
  • The discarded magazines and newspapers, the layers of dust and disarrayed rugs …
  • —Gloria Naylor
2 :undress

Examples of disarray in a Sentence

  1. he had accidentally disarrayed his brother's CDs, leaving a telltale sign of borrowing without permission

Origin and Etymology of disarray

Middle English disarayen, from Anglo-French desaraier, from des- dis- + arraier to array


DISARRAY Defined for English Language Learners

disarray

noun

Definition of disarray for English Language Learners

  • : a lack of order : a confused or messy condition


DISARRAY Defined for Kids

disarray

noun dis·ar·ray \ ˌdis-ə-ˈrā \

Definition of disarray for Students

:a confused or messy condition
  • The room was in complete disarray.


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