Pronunciation: (sham'bul),[key] —n. 1. shambles,(used with a sing. or pl. v.) a. a slaughterhouse.
b. any place of carnage.
c. any scene of destruction: to turn cities into shambles. d. any scene, place, or thing in disorder: Her desk is a shambles. 2. Brit. Dial.a butcher's shop or stall.