fracas

[ frey-kuhs, frak-uhs; British frak-ah ]
/ ˈfreɪ kəs, ˈfræk əs; British ˈfræk ɑ /

noun

a noisy, disorderly disturbance or fight; riotous brawl; uproar.

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Origin of fracas

First recorded in 1720–30; <French, from Italian fracasso, derivative of fracassare “to smash,” equivalent to fra- “completely” (from Latin infrā “among”) + cassare “to break”; see cassation

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British Dictionary definitions for fracas

fracas
/ (ˈfrækɑː) /

noun

a noisy quarrel; brawl

Word Origin for fracas

C18: from French, from fracasser to shatter, from Latin frangere to break, influenced by quassāre to shatter
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