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

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Yet all those voices can add up to a grating din, as in the Covington Catholic fracas. Kate Bachelder Odell, WSJ, "It’s Not Too Late to Quit Social Media," 25 Jan. 2019 In December of 1978, a minor but newsworthy fracas erupted between the painter Alice Neel and the sculptor Pat Ladew, a Standard Oil heiress who, three decades earlier, had commissioned Neel to paint her portrait. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Searching for Myself in Alice Neel’s Radical Portraits," 26 Feb. 2019 Anyone would be forgiven for needing a rest from the fracas, and shifting gears to a more pleasurable endeavor; namely, tracking down the silliest, most beautiful baked good that the interwebs have to offer, whatever the gastrointestinal cost. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Here’s How to Make 2018’s Most-Googled Food," 12 Dec. 2018 At the time of the 2013 fracas, its female faction was made up of 16 Democrats and four Republicans. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "How Many Women Does It Take to Change a Congress?," 10 Oct. 2018 Implausibly smooth headline growth aside, a relatively strong second quarter isn’t surprising: Exports have held up well despite the trade fracas, and domestic industry benefited from the end of winter pollution controls in March. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "The Real Growth Numbers to Watch in China," 16 July 2018 All-Star forward Kevin Love also escaped possible punishment for drifting onto the court and away from the Cavaliers’ bench during the overtime fracas. Ben Golliver,, "Silver Linings Emerge for Cavs After One of ‘Toughest Losses’ of LeBron James's Career," 3 June 2018 Or when Black Friday stampedes give way to a holiday fracas. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Walmart Files Patent For Carts That Track Your Heart Rate," 10 Oct. 2018 Goodbrod, who, with Gentile, complained of being injured in the fracas, filed a lawsuit against Leetch and Murphy, according to the New York Daily News. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Wife of NHL great Brian Leetch, sister back in court in bar brawl case," 19 Sep. 2018

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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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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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