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 That’s how a joint statement released by both last week defined the fracas that resulted in the university’s Board of Trustees voting in June to return Culverhouse’s gift and strip his name from the law school. William Thornton |, al, "University of Alabama, Culverhouse agree to disagree," 9 Sep. 2019 Hinch and Angels manager Brad Ausmus emerged to prevent a fracas. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Things get testy as Astros fall to Angels," 17 July 2019 In the ensuing fracas, Edney attempts to pull Baymon from the car, but Baymon shoves him away and closes the door. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "‘He’s not taking my f—— car’: Sonoma sheriff releases video of deputy shooting man who climbed into cop car," 14 Aug. 2019 Mercutio is killed in the fracas, then Tybalt is strangled by the group, with Romeo left to take the blame. Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times, "Review: In Matthew Bourne’s ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ a Story of Even More Woe," 11 Aug. 2019 Three men who had just attended a wedding together and were staying at the hotel were injured in the fracas and were taken to Boston Medical Center for treatment. Emily Sweeney,, "Hanson woman accused of slashing 3 men with a machete outside Sharon hotel," 29 July 2019 Also roughed up in the fracas was incoming Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, who ended up with bruises. Washington Post, "The Latest: NKorea’s state media calls DMZ meeting ‘amazing’," 1 July 2019 Toronto police confirmed that four people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and three people were arrested in the fracas. Time, "'Plant Guy' Has Delivered Kawhi Leonard His Housewarming Gift and the Internet Has Deemed Them Both Heroes," 18 June 2019 Kazakh workers have complained about inferior pay and working conditions compared with those of expatriates, and the concerns fed into a violent fracas in June that left 40 workers hurt. Stanley Reed, New York Times, "A Windswept Plain, a Sea of Oil and a Mountain of Money," 30 Aug. 2019

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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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23 Oct 2019

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The first known use of fracas was in 1716

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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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