From Italian fiasco (“bottle, flask”), from Late Latin flasca, flascō "bottle, container", from Frankish flaska "bottle, flask" from Proto-Germanic *flaskǭ (“bottle”); see flask. "Failure" sense comes through French (faire fiasco) from Italian theatrical slang far fiasco (literally, "to make a bottle"), of unknown origin.
- A ludicrous or humiliating failure. Some effort that went quite wrong.
- A wine bottle in a (usually straw) jacket.
- Concise Oxford Dictionary, s. v. fiasco.
- Compact Oxford English Dictionary on-line.
- The Word Detective, Issue of Oct 30, 2001.
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From Late Latin flasco, flasca (“bottle, container”), from Old Frankish *flaska (“bottle, flask”), from Proto-Germanic *flaskǭ (“bottle”), from Proto-Germanic *flehtaną (“to plait”), from Proto-Indo-European *plek- (“to weave, braid”). Akin to Old High German flasca (“flask”), Old English flasce, flaxe (“bottle”). More at flask.
fiasco m (plural fiaschi)