fracas

noun
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 fracas (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 For those who built the racket, the whole 20-year fracas was a victory. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 21 Aug. 2021 Other players joined the fracas, some throwing punches themselves. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, 18 Aug. 2021 Preparing for his third NFL season, Buggs got into a fracas on Saturday with rookie offensive tackle Dan Moore Jr., a fourth-round draft pick from Texas A&M, who also got into it with defensive tackle Cam Heyward. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 13 Aug. 2021 Preparing for his third NFL season, Buggs got into a fracas on Saturday with rookie offensive tackle Dan Moore Jr., a fourth-round draft pick from Texas A&M, who also got into it with defensive tackle Cam Heyward. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 13 Aug. 2021 The company’s egalitarian spirit didn’t protect it from attacks during the GameStop fracas. New York Times, 1 July 2021 His sergeant, Marlon Koushall, was among those who arrived on scene, and bystanders recorded Koushall punching a woman who was part of the fracas. Justin Fenton, baltimoresun.com, 30 June 2021 Preparing for his third NFL season, Buggs got into a fracas on Saturday with rookie offensive tackle Dan Moore Jr., a fourth-round draft pick from Texas A&M, who also got into it with defensive tackle Cam Heyward. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 6 Aug. 2021 Apart from the fracas at the start of the summit, when Russian agents blocked U.S. reporters from entering the room, and Biden’s chiding of a reporter after his press conference, the meetings were otherwise largely drama-free. The Editors, National Review, 17 June 2021

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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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3 Sep 2021

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“Fracas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fracas. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for fracas

fracas

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fracas

: a noisy argument or fight

fracas

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

Kids Definition of fracas

: a noisy quarrel : brawl

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