1a disorderly retreat of defeated troops:the retreat degenerated into a rout a decisive defeat:the party lost more than half their seats in the rout 2 Law
, dated an assembly of people who have made a move towards committing an illegal act which would constitute an offence of riot.
archaic a disorderly or tumultuous crowd of people:a rout of strangers ought not to be admitted
3 archaic a large evening party or reception.
defeat and cause to retreat in disorder:in a matter of minutes the attackers were routed