Definition of fiasco in English:

fiasco

Syllabification: fi·as·co
Pronunciation: /fēˈaskō
 
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noun (plural fiascos)

  • A thing that is a complete failure, especially in a ludicrous or humiliating way: his plans turned into a fiasco
    More example sentences
    • If Namibia was a real constitutional democracy, President Nujoma should have been called to clear up scandals, fiascos and debacles that have characterized, mainly, the last five years of his rule.
    • At the start of the new millennium, the corporate world witnessed major fiascos and ethical blunders.
    • It was a fiasco and a disaster, but the courage of the soldiers impressed even the Russians.
    Synonyms
    failure, disaster, catastrophe, debacle, shambles, farce, mess, wreck
    informal flop, washout, snafu

Origin

mid 19th century: from Italian, literally 'bottle, flask', in the phrase far fiasco, literally 'make a bottle', figuratively 'fail in a performance': the reason for the figurative sense is unexplained.

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