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



BrE BrE//ɪmˈbrəʊliəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbroʊlioʊ//
(pl. imbroglios)(formal)
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a complicated situation that causes confusion or embarrassment, especially one that is political Word Origin mid 18th cent.: Italian, from imbrogliare ‘confuse’; related to embroil.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: imbroglio