Definition of bagarre in English:



  • A noisy disturbance or brawl.

    • ‘In one of the walls was a hole, made, one might guess, in the heat of a bagarre.’
    • ‘At last night's Almack's there was such a bagarre among them, that several ladies were obliged to wait for hours before the chaos was reduced to any order.’
    • ‘Such a procedure, one gathers, could easily start a bagarre all over again - perhaps right there in the courtroom.’
    • ‘The ordinary, non-political bagarre is a vital part of French daily life.’
    • ‘He was in the thick of the bagarres in the Latin Quarter where he noted the viciousness of the French police.’
    fight, fist fight, skirmish, scuffle, tussle, fracas, scrimmage, fray, melee, rumpus, altercation, wrangle, clash, free-for-all, scrum, brouhaha, commotion, uproar
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Late 19th century: French.