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



BrE BrE//raʊt//
; NAmE NAmE//raʊt//
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  • [singular] a situation in which somebody is defeated easily and completely in a battle or competition Only 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 Latin ruptus ‘broken’, from the verb rumpere; the current senses (late 16th cent.) are from obsolete French route, probably from Italian rotta ‘break-up of an army’; the other senses are via Anglo-Norman French rute.Idioms (literary) to defeat somebody easily and completely They put the rebel army to rout.
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