Fragile Definition

frăjəl, -īl
Easily broken, damaged, or destroyed.
Webster's New World
Physically weak; frail; delicate.
Webster's New World
Tenuous; flimsy.
A fragile hope.
Webster's New World
The definition of fragile is someone or something delicate, flimsy or easily broken.
An example of fragile is thin porcelain china.
An example of fragile is someone with brittle bone disease.

Origin of Fragile

  • From Middle French fragile, from Latin fragilis, formed on frag-, the root of frangere (“to break”). Cognate with frail, fraction, fracture.

    From Wiktionary

  • French from Old French from Latin fragilis from frangere frag- to break bhreg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition


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