Meaning of DISASTER in English

/ dɪˈzɑːstə(r); NAmE -ˈzæs-/ noun


[ C ] an unexpected event, such as a very bad accident, a flood or a fire, that kills a lot of people or causes a lot of damage

SYN catastrophe :

an air disaster

environmental disasters

Thousands died in the disaster.

a natural disaster (= one that is caused by nature)


[ C , U ] a very bad situation that causes problems :

Losing your job doesn't have to be such a disaster.

Disaster struck when the wheel came off.

financial disaster

Letting her organize the party is a recipe for disaster (= something that is likely to go badly wrong) .


[ C , U ] ( informal ) a complete failure :

As a teacher, he's a disaster.

The play's first night was a total disaster.


see wait verb



late 16th cent.: from Italian disastro ill-starred event, from dis- (expressing negation) + astro star (from Latin astrum ).

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.