[ dis-uh-rey ]
/ ˌdɪs əˈreɪ /

verb (used with object)

to put out of array or order; throw into disorder.
to undress.


disorder; confusion: The army retreated in disarray.
disorder of apparel.

Origin of disarray

1350–1400; (noun) late Middle English; Middle English disrai, d(e)rai < Anglo-French dissairay, Old French desaroi; (v.) Middle English disarayen < Anglo-French desaraier, Old French desareer; see dis-1, array
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British Dictionary definitions for disarray

/ (ˌdɪsəˈreɪ) /


confusion, dismay, and lack of discipline
(esp of clothing) disorderliness; untidiness

verb (tr)

to throw into confusion
archaic to undress
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