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albatross

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noun al·ba·tross \ˈal-bə-ˌtrȯs, -ˌträs\

Simple Definition of albatross

  • : a large white ocean bird that has very long wings

  • : a continuing problem that makes it difficult or impossible to do or achieve something

Full Definition of albatross

plural al·ba·tross or al·ba·tross·es

  1. 1 :  any of a family (Diomedeidae) of large web-footed seabirds that have long slender wings, are excellent gliders, and include the largest seabirds

  2. 2 a :  something that causes persistent deep concern or anxiety b :  something that greatly hinders accomplishment :  encumbrance

Examples of albatross

  1. Fame has become an albatross that prevents her from leading a normal and happy life.

  2. Fame has become an albatross around her neck.



Illustration of albatross

Origin of albatross

probably alteration of obsolete alcatrace frigate bird, from Spanish or Portuguese alcatraz pelican, from Arabic al-ghaṭṭās, a kind of sea eagle


First Known Use: 1672


ALBATROSS Defined for Kids

albatross

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noun al·ba·tross \ˈal-bə-ˌtrȯs\

Definition of albatross

  1. :  a very large seabird with webbed feet





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