a state of confusion and lack of organization in a situation or a place The peace talks broke up in disarray. Our plans were thrown into disarray by her arrival. We’re decorating, so everything’s in complete disarray at home. Word Origin late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French dissairay.Extra examples Our plans were thrown into disarray by the rail strike. The meeting broke up in disarray. a period of disarray within the National Party She ran down the stairs, her hair in disarray. The Inca empire fell into disarray The flat was in some disarray. The party’s election campaign is in total disarray. We’re decorating, so everything’s in complete disarray at home.