Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The din and commotion of a great crowd.
  • n. A disorderly commotion or disturbance.
  • n. A tempestuous uprising; a riot.
  • n. Agitation of the mind or emotions: "I spend much time in a tumult of anger and disbelief” ( Scott Turow).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The noise as made by a crowd.
  • n. A riot or uprising.
  • v. To make a tumult; to be in great commotion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The commotion or agitation of a multitude, usually accompanied with great noise, uproar, and confusion of voices; hurly-burly; noisy confusion.
  • n. Violent commotion or agitation, with confusion of sounds.
  • n. Irregular or confused motion; agitation; high excitement.
  • intransitive v. To make a tumult; to be in great commotion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The commotion, disturbance, or agitation of a multitude, usually accompanied with great noise, uproar, and confused talking; an uproar; hence, a noisy uprising, as of a mob.
  • n. Violent commotion or agitation, with confusion of sounds.
  • n. Agitation; high excitement; irregular or confused motion.
  • n. Synonyms Disturbance, turbulence, confusion, hubbub, ferment, outbreak, mêlée.
  • To make a tumult; be in great commotion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of making a noisy disturbance
  • n. a state of commotion and noise and confusion
  • n. violent agitation

Etymologies

Middle English tumulte, from Latin tumultus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin tumultus ("noise, tumult"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Thanks to Mr. Elster for the pronunciation! Many people I know pronounce the first syllable as in tummy. I have always considered that somewhat beastly.

    January 7, 2011