Definitions for fragileˈfrædʒ əl; Brit. -aɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

frag•ile*ˈfrædʒ əl; Brit. -aɪl(adj.)

  1. easily broken or damaged; brittle:

    a fragile vase; a fragile alliance.

  2. vulnerably delicate in appearance:

    fragile beauty.

  3. lacking in substance or force; flimsy:

    a fragile excuse.

* Syn: See frail1.

Origin of fragile:

1505–15; < L fragilis

Princeton's WordNet

  1. delicate, fragile, frail(adj)

    easily broken or damaged or destroyed

    "a kite too delicate to fly safely"; "fragile porcelain plates"; "fragile old bones"; "a frail craft"

  2. fragile(adj)

    vulnerably delicate

    "she has the fragile beauty of youth"

  3. flimsy, fragile, slight, tenuous, thin(adj)

    lacking substance or significance

    "slight evidence"; "a tenuous argument"; "a thin plot"; a fragile claim to fame"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. fragile(adjective)ˈfrædʒ əl; Brit. -aɪl

    delicate and easily damaged

    fragile glass objects

  2. fragileˈfrædʒ əl; Brit. -aɪl

    emotionally or physically weak

    his fragile health; emotionally fragile

  3. fragileˈfrædʒ əl; Brit. -aɪl

    not stable or secure

    a fragile economy; Peace in the area is fragile.


  1. fragile(Adjective)

    easily broken or destroyed, and thus often of subtle or intricate structure

  2. Origin: From fragilis, formed on frag-, the root of frangere. Cognate with frail, fraction, fracture.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fragile(adj)

    easily broken; brittle; frail; delicate; easily destroyed


  1. Fragile

    Fragile is the fourth studio album by English progressive rock band Yes, released on Atlantic Records. It is the first Yes album recorded with keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who replaced Tony Kaye in 1971, and the first with cover art by Roger Dean, who would design many of the band's covers. Fragile was the band's international breakthrough, and was well received by critics then and now. It is somewhat unusual in that four of the tracks are performed by the entire band, while the other five showcase each of the group members. The album was commercially successful in the UK as well as in the US: in November 1971 it entered the UK Album Chart at No. 7, which would prove its highest position. It later reached No. 4 on the US Billboard 200 during a stay of 46 weeks. Its release in the US was held back for two months because of the chart momentum of their previous record, The Yes Album.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. fragile

    Syn brittle.

Translations for fragile

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easily broken

a fragile glass vase.

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