noun (1)
fi·​as·​co | \ fē-ˈa-(ˌ)skō How to pronounce fiasco (audio) also -ˈä- How to pronounce fiasco (audio) \
plural fiascoes

Definition of fiasco

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a complete failure The critic called the film a fiasco. … the total fiasco that was his personal life …— Margaret Atwood


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) , -​ˈa-​ \

Definition of fiasco (Entry 2 of 2)

: bottle, flask especially : a bulbous long-necked straw-covered bottle for wine

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First Known Use of fiasco

Noun (1)

circa 1854, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fiasco

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

Italian, from Late Latin flasco bottle — more at flask

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“Fiasco.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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fi·​as·​co | \ fē-ˈa-skō How to pronounce fiasco (audio) \
plural fiascoes

Kids Definition of fiasco

: a complete failure The party was a fiasco.

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