Imbroglio meaning

ĭm-brōl'yō
The definition of an imbroglio is an embarrassing and often complex mess or misunderstanding.

When your wife and mistress show up at the same time for a dinner date, this is an example of an imbroglio.

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An involved and confusing situation; state of confusion and complication.
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A confused heap; a tangle.
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A confused heap.
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A confused misunderstanding or disagreement.
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Origin of imbroglio

  • Italian from Old Italian from imbrogliare to tangle, confuse in- in (from Latin in–2) brogliare to mix, stir (probably from Old French brooiller, brouiller broil2)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Italian imbroglio (“tangle”), from imbrogliare (“to tangle”), cognate with and probably from an earlier form of French embrouiller (“muddle, embroil”), from em- (“en-”) + brouiller.
    From Wiktionary