follow Dictionary.com

Your favorite word could be our Word of the Day!

imbroglio

[im-brohl-yoh] /ɪmˈbroʊl yoʊ/
noun, plural imbroglios.
1.
a misunderstanding, disagreement, etc., of a complicated or bitter nature, as between persons or nations.
2.
an intricate and perplexing state of affairs; a complicated or difficult situation.
3.
a confused heap.
Also, embroglio.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50; < Italian, derivative of imbrogliare to embroil
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for imbroglios

imbroglio

/ɪmˈbrəʊlɪˌəʊ/
noun (pl) -glios
1.
a confused or perplexing political or interpersonal situation
2.
(obsolete) a confused heap; jumble
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, from imbrogliare to confuse, embroil
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for imbroglios

imbroglio

n.

1750, from Italian imbroglio, from imbrogliare "confuse, tangle," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + brogliare "embroil," probably from Middle French brouiller "confuse" (see broil (2); also cf. embroil).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for imbroglio

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for imbroglios

15
19
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for imbroglios