Meaning of DISASTER in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ di-ˈzas-tər, -ˈsas- ]


Etymology: Middle French & Old Italian; Middle French desastre, from Old Italian disastro, from dis- (from Latin) + astro star, from Latin astrum — more at astral

Date: 1568

1. obsolete : an unfavorable aspect of a planet or star

2. : a sudden calamitous event bringing great damage, loss, or destruction ; broadly : a sudden or great misfortune or failure

the party was a disaster

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.