from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A complete failure.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A ludicrous or humiliating failure. Some effort that went quite wrong.
- n. A wine bottle in a (usually straw) jacket.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A complete or ridiculous failure, esp. of a musical performance, or of any pretentious undertaking.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A flask; a bottle. See flask.
- n. A failure in a musical or dramatic performance; an ignominious failure of any kind; a complete breakdown.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a sudden and violent collapse
French, from Italian fare fiasco, to make a bottle, fail, from fiasco, bottle (perhaps translation of French bouteille, bottle, error, used by the French for linguistic errors committed by Italian actors on the 18th-century French stage), from Late Latin flascō; see flask.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian fiasco ("bottle, flask"), from Late Latin flasca, flascō "bottle, container", from Frankish flaska "bottle, flask" from Proto-Germanic *flaskōn (“bottle”); see flask. "Failure" sense comes through French (faire fiasco) from Italian theatrical slang far fiasco (literally, "to make a bottle"), of unknown origin. (Wiktionary)