AskDefine | Define imbroglio

Dictionary Definition



1 an intricate and confusing interpersonal or political situation [syn: embroilment]
2 a very embarrassing misunderstanding

User Contributed Dictionary



Italian imbroglio "tangle", from imbrogliare "to tangle", cognate with and probably from an earlier form of French embrouiller "muddle, embroil", from em- "en-" + brouiller.



imbroglio (plural: imbroglios)
  1. a complicated situation; an entanglement

Usage notes

  • The Italian plural imbrogli does not appear to be used in English.


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