fra·​cas | \ ˈfrā-kəs How to pronounce fracas (audio) , ˈfra-, British ˈfra-ˌkä How to pronounce fracas (audio) \
plural fracases\ ˈfrā-​kə-​səz How to pronounce fracases (audio) , ˈfra-​ \ or British fracas\ ˈfra-​ˌkäz How to pronounce fracas (audio) \

Definition of fracas

: a noisy quarrel : brawl a drunken fracas

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Examples of fracas in a Sentence

the police broke up the fracas in the bar and threw both combatants in the lockup police preparing for any fracas that might follow the soccer game
Recent Examples on the Web By late August, he was involved in yet another violent fracas. Teju Cole, New York Times, "In Dark Times, I Sought Out the Turmoil of Caravaggio’s Paintings," 23 Sep. 2020 Three other people were allegedly assaulted by Shaw during the fracas, and one person was taken to the hospital with a neck injury. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Man arrested for allegedly punching 84-year-old female Trump supporter in face," 18 Sep. 2020 Laureano was suspended four games in August for his role in the benches-clearing fracas at the Coliseum, which began after he was hit by a pitch. Janie Mccauley, Houston Chronicle, "Ramon Laureano strikes back, lifts A's past Astros," 9 Sep. 2020 The two brands have largely kept themselves out of the fracas. Norma Young, Quartz Africa, "An offensive haircare advert shows Black South Africans still have to fight apartheid’s race battles," 9 Sep. 2020 Dennis can be a menace and isn’t above a fracas or four. Berry Tramel, USA TODAY, "Analysis: Thunder's NBA playoff success still hinges on Russell Westbrook," 26 Aug. 2020 During the fracas, he is also seen casually talking with other people on the street, smoking cigarettes and drinking from a bottle of Miller High Life. oregonlive, "Portland man beaten during downtown protest: What a new 32-minute video reveals," 20 Aug. 2020 Astros hitting coach Álex Cintrón received a 20-game suspension and a fine Tuesday for his role in the fracas at Oakland. Janie Mccauley, Star Tribune, "Piscotty slam ties it in ninth, A's beat Giants 8-7 in 10th," 15 Aug. 2020 This public fracas had been bubbling under the band’s cheery surface for years. Tim Riley, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Inside Story of the Beatles’ Messy Breakup," 10 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of fracas

1716, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fracas

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

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The first known use of fracas was in 1716

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26 Sep 2020

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“Fracas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fracas

: a noisy argument or fight


fra·​cas | \ ˈfrā-kəs How to pronounce fracas (audio) , ˈfra- \

Kids Definition of fracas

: a noisy quarrel : brawl

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