AskDefine | Define fiasco

Dictionary Definition

fiasco n : a sudden and violent collapse [syn: debacle] [also: fiascoes (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary



From fiasco#Italian - the type of round wine bottle, sometimes wrapped in straw, used traditionally for Chianti wine. The failure sense specifically derives via from the phrase fare fiasco#Italian, literally meaning “make a bottle” (used in Italian theatre to mean “failure in a performance”). This is similar to the informal British English usage of "to bottle out" meaning to "lose one's nerve".
An alternative interpretation of the Italian "far fiasco" as a meaning for failure can be traced to production of glass bottles by glass blowing. A mistake in the process would result in a bottle of irregular shape with protruding or enlarged base is termed "fiasco" as opposed to "bottiglia" /bot'tiʎʎa/ (bottle)


  • /fɪˈæs.kəʊ/, /fI"

Extensive Definition

A fiasco (from Italian fiasco, "flask") is a complete or humiliating failure. The word may also refer to:
fiasco in Danish: Fiasko
fiasco in German: Fiasco
fiasco in Spanish: Fiasco
fiasco in French: Fiasco
fiasco in Italian: Fiasco
fiasco in Dutch: Fiasco
fiasco in Norwegian: Fiasko
fiasco in Finnish: Fiasko
fiasco in Swedish: Fiasko

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abortion, bafflement, balk, betrayed hope, blasted expectation, blighted hope, blow, bollix, botch, buffet, bungle, comedown, cruel disappointment, dash, dashed hope, defeat, disappointment, disaster, discomfiture, disillusionment, dissatisfaction, failure, fallen countenance, fizzle, flop, flunk, foiling, foozle, forlorn hope, frustration, hash, hope deferred, letdown, mess, mirage, muddle, setback, sore disappointment, tantalization, tease, washout
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