fra·​cas ˈfrā-kəs How to pronounce fracas (audio)
ˈfra-ˌkä How to pronounce fracas (audio)
plural fracases ˈfrā-kə-səz How to pronounce fracas (audio)
or British fracas ˈfra-ˌkäz How to pronounce fracas (audio)
: a noisy quarrel : brawl
a drunken fracas

Example Sentences

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 Attorneys for Chaka Zulu say the Atlanta music executive was forced to defend himself the night a 23-year-old was shot to death during a fracas outside his Buckhead restaurant, and that he never should have been charged with murder. Shaddi Abusaid, ajc, 22 Sep. 2022 Laenor, who was knocked down during the fracas, sees his lover dead on the floor. Omar L. Gallaga, Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2022 Then when Mikal Bridges came to defend Booker in the fracas, Thompson shoved Bridges' arm away, and Thompson was thrown out the game. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 27 Oct. 2022 Caleb Martin and Nikola Jovic are back with the team after being suspended for Monday night’s loss to the Toronto Raptors in the wake of Saturday night’s fracas in a home victory over Toronto. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 26 Oct. 2022 In the fracas, Petrov pockets the choppers, and is led off the bus by a mysterious figure named Igor (Yuri Kolokolnikov), who for some reason seeks his company. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2022 Back with the team are forwards Caleb Martin and Nikola Jovic, with the two suspended from Monday night’s loss to the visiting Toronto Raptors due to their involvement in a Saturday fracas against Toronto that spilled into the FTX Arena stands. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 25 Oct. 2022 But Steve O’Donnell, the executive in charge of competition and racing operations, said the penalties were for Wallace’s dangerous and deliberate retaliation against Larson, not the fracas a few moments later. Mark Heim |, al, 19 Oct. 2022 Activists on opposing sides of the CD 11 race weighed in with their opinions about the legal fracas. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1716, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fracas was in 1716

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Cite this Entry

“Fracas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


: a noisy quarrel or fight

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