UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/deɪˈbɑːkəl/, /dɪˈbɑːkəl/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/dəˈbɑkəl, -ˈbækəl/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(dā bäkəl, -bakəl, də-)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
de•ba•cle /dəˈbɑkəl, -ˈbækəl/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a complete and total disaster, failure, or fiasco:The last meeting was a debacle and nothing was accomplished.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
de•ba•cle  (dā bäkəl, -bakəl, də-),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a general breakup or dispersion;
    sudden downfall or rout:The revolution ended in a debacle.
  2. a complete collapse or failure.
  3. a breaking up of ice in a river. Cf. embacle.
  4. a violent rush of waters or ice.
  • French débâcle, derivative of débâcler to unbar, clear, equivalent. to dé- dis-1 + bâcler to bar Latin baculum stick, rod
  • 1795–1805
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged disaster, ruin, fiasco, catastrophe, calamity.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
debacle /deɪˈbɑːkəl dɪ-/ n
  1. a sudden disastrous collapse or defeat, esp one involving a disorderly retreat; rout
  2. the breaking up of ice in a river during spring or summer, often causing flooding
  3. a violent rush of water carrying along debris
Etymology: 19th Century: from French débâcle, from Old French desbacler to unbolt, ultimately from Latin baculum rod, staff
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