fracas

noun fra·cas \ ˈfrā-kəs , ˈfra- , British ˈfra-ˌkä \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of fracas

plural fracases play \ˈfrā-kə-səz, ˈfra-\ or British fracas play \ˈfra-ˌkäz\
: a noisy quarrel : brawl
  • a drunken fracas

Examples of fracas in a Sentence

  1. the police broke up the fracas in the bar and threw both combatants in the lockup

  2. police preparing for any fracas that might follow the soccer game

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Origin and Etymology of fracas

French, din, row, from Italian fracasso, from fracassare to shatter


FRACAS Defined for English Language Learners

fracas

noun

Definition of fracas for English Language Learners

  • : a noisy argument or fight


FRACAS Defined for Kids

fracas

noun fra·cas \ ˈfrā-kəs , ˈfra- \

Definition of fracas for Students

: a noisy quarrel : brawl


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