Definition of disaster area in US English:

disaster area


  • 1An area in which a major disaster has recently occurred.

    ‘the vicinity of the explosion was declared a disaster area’
    • ‘The area was declared a national disaster area, which released state funds.’
    • ‘Simply, the Guard has old, beat-up equipment, and this seriously impedes the Guard's ability to accomplish its mission - whether on the battlefield or in a disaster area.’
    • ‘At major airports a multi agency response was put in place for people returning from the disaster area.’
    • ‘The bottom-line is that improvements in and around the disaster area, particularly public amenities, should be restored as soon as possible.’
    • ‘Again, I don't think it was necessary for him to drop everything and fly personally down to the disaster area.’
    1. 1.1informal in singular A place, situation, person, or activity regarded as chaotic, ineffectual, or failing in some fundamental respect.
      ‘the room was a disaster area, stuff piled everywhere’
      ‘she was a disaster area in fake leopard skin and stacked heels’
      • ‘The situation in south Florida, ‘a drug disaster area,’ was out of control and about to get even worse.’
      • ‘Every time he opened his eyes slightly, he saw the utter disaster area his room had become.’
      • ‘His room was a disaster area filled with hard rock posters, the biggest hidden stash of porn I've ever seen, and undecipherable floor stains.’
      • ‘After hanging up the phone, Lizzie wandered back up to her room, thinking about whether she should finally tackle the disaster area formerly known as her closet.’
      • ‘So far, I've noticed that I have terrible posture, a horrible extra chin, and a room that is a disaster area.’


disaster area

/dəˈzastər ˈerēə//dəˈzæstər ˈɛriə/