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noun (1)

fi·​as·​co fē-ˈa-(ˌ)skō How to pronounce fiasco (audio)
-ˈä- How to pronounce fiasco (audio)
plural fiascoes
: a complete failure
The critic called the film a fiasco.
… the total fiasco that was his personal life …Margaret Atwood


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noun (2)

fi·​as·​co fē-ˈä-(ˌ)skō How to pronounce fiasco (audio) -ˈa- How to pronounce fiasco (audio)
plural fiascoes also fiaschi fē-ˈä-(ˌ)skē How to pronounce fiasco (audio)
: bottle, flask
especially : a bulbous long-necked straw-covered bottle for wine

Examples of fiasco in a Sentence

Noun (1) undaunted by his early fiascoes, he continued his experiments in rocketry
Recent Examples on the Web
The Verge reported on the fiasco in detail, including speaking to Christina Warren, a former writer for TUAW who now works at GitHub. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 11 July 2024 Conder’s initial story and the dozens of videos posted about the fiasco have become quite popular, garnering millions of videos in the last week and sparking a larger conversation about the wedding industry. Amaris Encinas, USA TODAY, 5 July 2024 Those prospects became more daunting after Biden's debate fiasco: just 51% of Democrats said Biden should remain on the ticket in a USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll. Francesca Chambers, USA TODAY, 2 July 2024 The hosts talk about how Fanatics, scarred by the Nike-MLB uniform fiasco, went to extraordinary lengths to debut the jerseys with support from the sport’s biggest names. Eben Novy-Williams,, 27 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for fiasco 

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Word History


Noun (1)

French, from Italian, from fare fiasco, literally, to make a bottle

Noun (2)

Italian, from Late Latin flasco bottle — more at flask

First Known Use

Noun (1)

circa 1854, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fiasco was circa 1854

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“Fiasco.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural fiascoes
: a complete failure

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