from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A difficult or intricate situation; an entanglement.
- n. A confused or complicated disagreement.
- n. A confused heap; a tangle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a complicated situation; an entanglement
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An intricate, complicated plot, as of a drama or work of fiction.
- n. A complicated and embarrassing state of things; a serious misunderstanding or disagreement, especially one that is bitter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An intricate and perplexing state of affairs; a misunderstanding of a complicated nature, as between persons or nations; an entanglement.
- n. An intricate or complicated plot, as against a person, or of a romance or drama.
- n. In music, a passage in which the rhythms of different voice-parts are conflicting or contradictory.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a very embarrassing misunderstanding
- n. an intricate and confusing interpersonal or political situation
Italian, from Old Italian, from imbrogliare, to tangle, confuse : in-, in (from Latin; see in-2) + brogliare, to mix, stir (probably from Old French brooiller, brouiller; see broil2).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian imbroglio "tangle", from imbrogliare "to tangle", cognate with and probably from an earlier form of French embrouiller "muddle, embroil", from em- "en-" + brouiller. (Wiktionary)