Definition of altercation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌɔːltəˈkeɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɔːltərˈkeɪʃn//
[countable, uncountable] (formal)
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a noisy argument or disagreement A youth became involved in an altercation with a police officer over a parking ticket. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin altercatio(n-), from the verb altercari.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: altercation