disaster Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "disaster" - English Dictionary

See all translations

disasternoun [C or U]

uk   /dɪˈzɑː.stər/  us   /-ˈzæs.tɚ/
B2 (an event that results in) great harm, damage, or death, or serious difficulty: An inquiry was ordered into the recent rail disaster (= a serious train accident). It would be a disaster for me if I lost my job. This is one of the worst natural disasters ever to befall the area. Heavy and prolonged rain can spell disaster for many plants. Everything was going smoothly until suddenly disaster struck. Inviting James and Ivan to dinner on the same evening was a recipe for disaster (= caused a very difficult situation) - they always argue with each other.be a disaster B2 informal to be very unsuccessful or extremely bad: The evening was a complete disaster. As an engineer, he was a disaster.
More examples
Translations of “disaster”
in Arabic كارِثة, نَكْبة…
in Korean 재난, 재앙…
in Malaysian bencana…
in French désastre…
in Turkish felaket, âfet, yıkım…
in Italian disastro…
in Chinese (Traditional) 災難,大禍…
in Russian бедствие, катастрофа…
in Polish klęska, katastrofa…
in Vietnamese tai họa…
in Spanish desastre…
in Portuguese desastre…
in Thai ความหายนะ…
in German die Katastrophe…
in Catalan desastre…
in Japanese 災害, 大惨事, 大失敗…
in Indonesian bencana…
in Chinese (Simplified) 灾难,大祸…
(Definition of disaster from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of disaster?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “disaster” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
meme

an idea, image, video, etc. that is spread very quickly on the internet

Word of the Day

July 4th, Bastille Day, and the language of revolution.
July 4th, Bastille Day, and the language of revolution.
by Liz Walter,
July 01, 2015
With America’s Independence Day on the 4th and France’s Bastille Day on the 14th, July certainly has a revolutionary theme, so this blog looks at words and phrases we use to talk about the dramatic and nation-changing events that these days celebrate. In particular, it focuses on one of the most important

Read More 

burger noun
burger noun
June 29, 2015
a menu on a computer screen comprising three short parallel horizontal lines which the user clicks to see options Definitely use a burger. You could put the settings in the burger menu too. Fix the settings to the bottom of the burger menu and use a vertically scrolling contact list that scrolls behind

Read More