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noun riot pronunciation in British English /ˈraɪət/
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singularriot
pluralriots
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a violent protest by a crowd of people
    anti-government riots
    the country’s history of riot and disorder
    start/provoke/spark a riot: The new laws sparked prison riots across the country.
    quell a riot (=stop it): Seven people were hurt as police tried to quell the riot.
    1. a.
      [only before noun] worn or used by police to protect themselves during a riot
      a riot shield
      Police in full riot gear attempted to clear the streets.
  2. 2
    [singular] informal someone who is very lively and funny
    1. a.
      an event or activity in which a lot of people have fun in a noisy way
      As usual, the party was an absolute riot.

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