Definition of disarray in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪsəˈreɪ/


[mass noun]
A state of disorganization or untidiness: her grey hair was in disarray his plans have been thrown into disarray
More example sentences
  • Furniture and papers were all jumbled together in disarray.
  • Our residence in Baker Street had the reputation of being cluttered and in disarray, so perhaps he thought this was its normal appearance.
  • Steve loomed over her, his face puffed with exertion and his beard tangled and in disarray.
mess, muddle, clutter, jumble, mix-up, tangle, hotchpotch, shambles
British informal omnishambles
disorganization, lack of order, discomposure, disunity;


[with object]
1Throw into a state of disorganization or untidiness: the inspection disarrayed the usual schedule
More example sentences
  • What we have here are certain individuals intent on disarraying the public gravitas of things.
  • He is dressed in a formal black suit, that is rather disarrayed.
  • His blonde hair was disarrayed and his spectacles hung off his nose.
disarrange, make untidy, bring/throw into disarray, bring/throw into disorder, disorganize, throw into a state of disorganization, turn upside-down, unsettle;
2 literary Undress (someone): attendant damsels to help to disarray her


Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French dissairay.

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