noun, plural fi·as·cos, fi·as·coes.
- fianna fáil,
- fiat justitia, ruat caelum,
- fiat lux,
- fiat money,
Origin of fiasco
Examples from the Web for fiasco
The veteran political operative did realize the joy that national reporters took from the fiasco.
It was a fiasco, but were some of the players screwing up on purpose?
“It really came out of left field,” he says of the whole Donald Sterling fiasco.The Fabulous Life of EJ Johnson, the Stylish Son of the Lakers Legend|Itay Hod|June 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The fiasco over Proposition 8, she notes, should have been a case for the Avengers, but they were now “obliterated.”Tick-Tock: The Explosive Power of the Lesbian Avengers|Tim Teeman|March 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Remember the fiasco of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Cleopatra?Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts Finally Collide in ‘August: Osage County’|Kevin Fallon|December 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In 1639 he was appointed general of the horse, and drew ridicule upon himself by the fiasco at Kelso.
Both knew the sensible, judicious act would be to alarm the guards and thus avoid all possible chance of a fiasco.Graustark|George Barr McCutcheon
The fiasco of Panama still rankled in his soul, and he resolved this time to let as few of the enemy escape him as possible.The Gilded Man|Clifford Smyth
John was invited and made a speech in verse in order to make his exit seem as little like a fiasco as possible.The Growth of a Soul|August Strindberg
Surely her brilliant life was not to end in such a fiasco as this.A Mad Love|Bertha M. Clay
noun plural -cos or -coes
Word Origin for fiasco
1855, theater slang for "a failure," by 1862 acquired the general sense of any dismal flop, on or off the stage. Via French phrase fiare fiasco "turn out a failure" (19c.), from Italian far fiasco "suffer a complete breakdown in performance," literally "make a bottle," from fiasco "bottle," from Late Latin flasco, flasconem (see flask).
The reason for all this is utterly obscure today, but "the usual range of fanciful theories has been advanced" [Ayto]. Weekley finds it utterly mysterious and compares French ramasser un pelle "to come a cropper (in bicycling), literally to pick up a shovel." OED makes nebulous reference to "alleged incidents in Italian theatrical history." Klein suggests Venetian glass-crafters tossing aside imperfect pieces to be made later into common flasks. But according to an Italian dictionary, fare il fiasco used to mean "to play a game so that the one that loses will pay the fiasco," in other words, he will buy the next bottle (of wine). That plausibly connects the word with the notion of "a costly mistake."