From Middle English *utbreken, from Old English Å«tābrecan (“to break out"), equivalent to out- +"Ž break. Cognate with Dutchuitbreken (“to break out, burst out"), Germanausbrechen (“to break out, erupt").
Outbreak Sentence Examples
The origin of the outbreak is uncertain.
The cause was the outbreak of the Thirty Years' War (1618).
There was another outbreak in 1831 and frequent disorders down to 1848, when they culminated in another unsuccessful revolution.
In consequence of this outbreak of patriotic enthusiasm, the school was soon after closed by Louis XVIII., and the young student was compelled to seek some other career instead of that of the soldier.
The effect of the outbreak was in every way disastrous.