donnybrook

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noun, often capitalized don·ny·brook \ˈdä-nē-ˌbru̇k\

Definition of donnybrook

  1. 1 :  free-for-all, brawl

  2. 2 :  a usually public quarrel or dispute

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Examples of donnybrook in a sentence

  1. A donnybrook has erupted over the court's decision.

  2. a dozen people were arrested after the donnybrook at the stadium

Did You Know?

The Donnybrook Fair was an annual event held in Donnybrook-then a suburb of Dublin, Ireland-from the 13th to the 19th centuries. The fair was legendary for the vast quantities of liquor consumed there, for the number of hasty marriages performed during the week following it, and, most of all, for the frequent brawls that erupted throughout it. Eventually, the fair's reputation for tumult was its undoing. From the 1790s on there were campaigns against the drunken brawl the fair had become. The event was abolished in 1855, but not before its name had become a generic term for a free-for-all.

Origin and Etymology of donnybrook

Donnybrook Fair, annual Irish event known for its brawls


First Known Use: 1852


Donnybrook

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geographical name Don·ny·brook \ˈdä-nē-ˌbru̇k\

Definition of Donnybrook

  1. city in the province of Leinster, eastern Ireland Donnybrook is a southeastern suburb of Dublin.


DONNYBROOK Defined for English Language Learners

donnybrook

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noun, often capitalized don·ny·brook \ˈdä-nē-ˌbru̇k\

Definition of donnybrook for English Language Learners

  • : a public argument

  • : an uncontrolled fight



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