Definition of disarray in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdisəˈrā/


A state of disorganization or untidiness: her gray hair was in disarray his plans have been thrown into disarray
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  • 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.


[with object]
1Throw (someone or something) into a state of disorganization or untidiness: the inspection disarrayed the usual schedule
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  • 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.
2 literary Strip (someone) of clothing: attendant damsels to help to disarray her


Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French dissairay.

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Syllabification: dis·ar·ray

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