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 albatrossplural
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 a : something that causes persistent deep concern or anxiety b : something that greatly hinders accomplishment : encumbrance
Examples of albatross in a sentence
Fame has become an albatross that prevents her from leading a normal and happy life.
Fame has become an albatross around her neck.
Origin and Etymology 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
Definition of albatross for Students
: a very large seabird with webbed feet
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