quandary

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 [ˈkwɒndəri]



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
quan•da•ry /ˈkwɑndəri, -dri/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  -ries. 
  1. a state of uncertainty, esp. as to what to do:He was in a quandary about marrying.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
quan•da•ry  (kwondə rē, -drē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -ries. 
  1. a state of perplexity or uncertainty, esp. as to what to do;
    dilemma.
  • Latin quand(ō) when + -āre infinitive suffix
  • perh. fancifully 1570–80
    See  predicament. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

quandary /ˈkwɒndrɪ -dərɪ/ n ( pl -ries)
  1. a situation or circumstance that presents problems difficult to solve; predicament; dilemma
Etymology: 16th Century: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Latin quandō when



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