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disarray

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noun dis·ar·ray \ˌdis-ə-ˈrā\

Definition of disarray

  1. 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. 2 :  disorderly dress :  dishabille

Examples of disarray in a sentence

  1. The room was in disarray.

  2. The company has fallen into complete disarray.

Origin and Etymology of disarray

see 2disarray


First Known Use: 15th century


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disarray

verb dis·ar·ray

Definition of disarray

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

  3. 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


First Known Use: 14th century


DISARRAY Defined for English Language Learners

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disarray

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noun dis·ar·ray \ˌdis-ə-ˈrā\

Definition of disarray for English Language Learners

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


DISARRAY Defined for Kids

disarray

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noun dis·ar·ray \ˌdis-ə-ˈrā\

Definition of disarray for Students

  1. :  a confused or messy condition <The room was in complete disarray.>



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