[singular]a situation in which somebody is defeated easily and completely in a battle or competitionOnly the skill of the goalkeeper prevented the match from turning into a rout.The offensive into rebel-held territory had ended in a rout.
Word OriginMiddle English: ultimately based on Latinruptus
, from the verb rumpere; the current senses (late 16th cent.) are from obsolete Frenchroute, probably from Italianrotta
‘break-up of an army’
; the other senses are via Anglo-Norman Frenchrute.Idioms