embarras

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See also: embarrás

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French embarras.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

embarras (plural embarras)

  1. (now rare) Embarrassment; confusion, uncertainty. [from 17th c.]
    • 1906, Henry James, letter, 17 November:
      I [] envy & sympathise—being in all sorts of embarrass now, myself, over the finish of many things.
  2. (now rare) An embarrassment; an obstacle or hindrance. [from 17th c.]
    • 1751, Tobias Smollett, The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, vol II, ch. 43:
      [O]ne day in his way to the opera, his chariot was stopped by an embarras in the street, occasioned by two peasants, who having driven their carts against each other, quarrelled, and went to loggerheads on the spot.
  3. (now rare) Embarrassment; intense social awkwardness. [from 18th c.]
  4. (now rare, historical, Canada, US) Specifically, a clump of driftwood obstructing a waterway. [from 19th c.]

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From embarrasser (embarrass).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɑ̃.ba.ʁa/, /ɑ̃.ba.ʁɑ/
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Noun[edit]

embarras m (plural embarras)

  1. embarrassment
  2. obstacle, hindrance
  3. lack of money

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References[edit]

  • Nouveau Petit Larousse illustré. Dictionnaire encyclopédique. Paris, Librairie Larousse, 1952, 146th edition

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Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

embarras

  1. Informal second-person singular () present indicative form of embarrar.