shambles

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noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction sham·bles \ˈsham-bəlz\

Definition of shambles

  1. 1 archaic :  a meat market

  2. 2 :  slaughterhouse

  3. 3a :  a place of mass slaughter or bloodshed the battlefield became a shamblesb :  a scene or a state of great destruction :  wreckage the city was a shambles after the bombingc (1) :  a scene or a state of great disorder or confusion an economy in shambles (2) :  great confusion :  mess

Origin and Etymology of shambles

Middle English shameles, plural of schamel vendor's table, footstool, from Old English sceamol stool, from Latin scamillum, diminutive of scamnum stool, bench; perhaps akin to Sanskrit skambha pillar


SHAMBLES Defined for English Language Learners

shambles

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Definition of shambles for English Language Learners

  • : a place or state in which there is great confusion, disorder, or destruction


SHAMBLES Defined for Kids

shambles

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noun plural sham·bles \ˈsham-bəlz\

Definition of shambles for Students

  1. :  a place or scene of disorder or destruction After the party, the house was a shambles. Hint: Shambles can be used as a singular or a plural in writing and speaking.



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