Meaning of “chaos” in the English Dictionary

"chaos" in British English

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chaosnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈkeɪ.ɒs/ us /ˈkeɪ.ɑːs/

B2 a state of total confusion with no order:

Snow and ice have caused chaos on the roads.
Ever since our secretary walked out, the office has been in a state of total/utter chaos.
We muddled up the name labels and chaos ensued (= resulted).

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  • Our house is in complete chaos at the moment.
  • There was chaos in the theatre when the bomb went off.
  • Computer failure has created chaos in the passport office.
  • Police are reporting traffic chaos on the motorways.

(Definition of “chaos” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"chaos" in American English

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chaosnoun [ U ]

us /ˈkeɪ·ɑs/

a state of disorder and confusion:

Repairs to the major highway this summer will bring chaos to commuters.
chaotic
adjective us /keɪˈɑt̬·ɪk/

The house is a little chaotic right now – we’re in the middle of repainting.

(Definition of “chaos” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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