• (America) IPA: /dɪˈzæs.tɚ/
  • (RP) IPA: /dɪˈzɑːs.tə(ɹ)/
  • (Northern England) IPA: /dɪˈzæs.tə/


  1. An unexpected natural or man-made catastrophe of substantial extent causing significant physical damage or destruction, loss of life or sometimes permanent change to the natural environment.
  2. An unforeseen event causing great loss, upset or unpleasantness of whatever kind.
    • 2003, The Devil Wears Prada (novel)
      A nod means good, two nods; very good. And then there's the pursing of the lips: disaster.
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