disarray

noun
dis·​ar·​ray | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈrā How to pronounce disarray (audio) \

Definition of disarray

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

disarray

verb
disarrayed; disarraying; disarrays

Definition of disarray (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Examples of disarray in a Sentence

Noun

The room was in disarray. The company has fallen into complete disarray.

Verb

he had accidentally disarrayed his brother's CDs, leaving a telltale sign of borrowing without permission
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As the country suffered through the Great Depression, followed by WWII, the garden fell into disarray. Joan Hunt, courant.com, "Webb House Garden The Centerpiece Of CT Garden Tour," 27 June 2019 But dad dies suddenly when both girls are teens, throwing the family into disarray. Patty Rhule, USA TODAY, "Jennifer Weiner's 'Mrs. Everything' explores broken dreams in the era of women's lib," 10 June 2019 Day and night are in disarray, animals are freaking out, and corpses are wrenched back to life. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“The Dead Don’t Die” Does the Zombie Genre to Death," 14 June 2019 However, French and Italian euroskeptics feared that if Britain leaves the EU this year, Brexit would leave their group in disarray because U.K. lawmakers will automatically lose their seats. Valentina Pop, WSJ, "Nationalists Fail to Join Forces in European Parliament," 13 June 2019 Few believed a side then in disarray would get beyond the group stage. Nick Friend, CNN, "'The biggest game in world sport': India-Pakistan rivalry offers a chance to show rare unity," 13 June 2019 Each episode finds Kondo and her interpreter, Marie Iida (who goes by Iida on the series to reduce confusion), visiting an Angeleno family in disarray. Lisa Rosen, latimes.com, "In ‘Tidying Up,’ Marie Kondo finds joy of her own in helping others," 11 June 2019 Part of the problem was the high court's own convoluted case history: a series of rulings on the intersection of government and religion that some justices acknowledged has left the rules in disarray. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court allows religious display on state land despite challenge over church-state separation," 25 Feb. 2019 Yet on day three, when Gorder visited, the room was still very much in disarray. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Watch the Drabbest Rooms Become Fab on Best Room Wins Episode Three," 16 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In this one, the first of a series published from 1935 to 1961, readers are introduced to a nervous Londoner named Pongo Twistleton, whose orderly life is disarrayed by the visit of his peremptory and mischievous uncle Fred from the country. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Surprise Lessons From John Lithgow’s ‘Stories by Heart’," 11 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of disarray

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for disarray

Verb and Noun

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

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disarray

noun

English Language Learners Definition of disarray

: a lack of order : a confused or messy condition

disarray

noun
dis·​ar·​ray | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈrā How to pronounce disarray (audio) \

Kids Definition of disarray

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

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