The definition of an imbroglio is an embarrassing and often complex mess or misunderstanding.(noun)
When your wife and mistress show up at the same time for a dinner date, this is an example of an imbroglio.
See imbroglio in Webster's New World College Dictionary
noun pl. imbroglios
Origin: It < imbrogliare, to embroil < or akin to MFr embrouiller: see en- & broil
See imbroglio in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun pl. im·bro·glios
Origin: , from Old Italian
Origin: , from imbrogliare, to tangle, confuse
Origin: : in-, in (from Latin; see in-2)
Origin: + brogliare, to mix, stir (probably from Old French brooiller, brouiller; see broil2).
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