An example of fiasco is a party where no one shows up and the clown hired to entertain breaks his leg and sues.
Origin of fiasco
- French from Italian fare fiasco to make a bottle, fail from fiasco bottle (perhaps translation of French bouteille bottle, error, used by the French for linguistic errors committed by Italian actors on the 18th-century French stage) from Late Latin flascō flask
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Italian fiasco (“bottle, flask”), from Late Latin flasca, flascō "bottle, container", from Frankish flaska "bottle, flask" from Proto-Germanic *flaskǭ (“bottle”); see flask. "Failure" sense comes through French (faire fiasco) from Italian theatrical slang far fiasco (literally, "to make a bottle"), of unknown origin.