pandemonium

noun
pan·​de·​mo·​ni·​um | \ ˌpan-də-ˈmō-nē-əm How to pronounce pandemonium (audio) \

Definition of pandemonium

1 : a wild uproar (as because of anger or excitement in a crowd of people) Pandemonium erupted in the courtroom when the verdict was announced. The game is stopped on account of pandemonium: players and spectators are screaming and staggering around the court …— Darcy Frey also : a chaotic situation It is obvious that pandemonium would exist at most uncontrolled airports if every pilot did not conscientiously follow the traffic pattern. — Joseph W. Benkert
2 capitalized : the capital of Hell in Milton's Paradise Lost
3 capitalized : the infernal regions : hell the demons of Pandemonium

First Known Use of pandemonium

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for pandemonium

pan- + Late Latin daemonium "evil spirit," borrowed from Greek daimónion "evil spirit," earlier "divine power, inferior divine being," derivative of daímōn "divinity, divine power, individual destiny" (with -ium probably to be read as Latin -ium or Greek -ion, suffixes of place) — more at demon

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pandemonium

Listen to Our Podcast about pandemonium

Dictionary Entries near pandemonium

pandect

pandemic

pandemoniac

pandemonium

pander

panderism

panderly

Statistics for pandemonium

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for pandemonium

The first known use of pandemonium was in 1667

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for pandemonium

pandemonium

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pandemonium

: a situation in which a crowd of people act in a wild, uncontrolled, or violent way because they are afraid, excited, or confused

pandemonium

noun
pan·​de·​mo·​ni·​um | \ ˌpan-də-ˈmō-nē-əm\

Kids Definition of pandemonium

: wild uproar Pandemonium broke out with the winning goal.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on pandemonium

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with pandemonium

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for pandemonium

Spanish Central: Translation of pandemonium

Nglish: Translation of pandemonium for Spanish Speakers

Comments on pandemonium

What made you want to look up pandemonium? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

tired or exhausted

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!