Definition of fiasco in English:

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fiasco

Pronunciation: /fēˈaskō/

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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  • A fiasco is a ridiculous or humiliating failure. The word was borrowed from Italian in the 19th century. In that language it meant originally ‘a bottle’, but the phrase far fiasco, literally ‘make a bottle’, was used in the theatre to mean ‘fail in a performance’. In medieval English a flask (Middle English) was a cask or skin for holding liquor. The word came from medieval Latin flasca (along with LME flagon) but the 17th-century sense ‘glass container’ was influenced by Italian fiasco.

Words that rhyme with fiasco

churrasco, Tabasco

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Syllabification: fi·as·co

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