noun \ˈla-bə-ˌrin(t)th, -rən(t)th\

: a place that has many confusing paths or passages

: something that is extremely complicated or difficult to understand

Full Definition of LABYRINTH

a :  a place constructed of or full of intricate passageways and blind alleys
b :  a maze (as in a garden) formed by paths separated by high hedges
:  something extremely complex or tortuous in structure, arrangement, or character :  intricacy, perplexity <a labyrinth of swamps and channels> <guided them through the labyrinths of city life — Paul Blanshard>
:  a tortuous anatomical structure; especially :  the internal ear or its bony or membranous part

Examples of LABYRINTH

  1. a complex labyrinth of tunnels and chambers
  2. The cockpit was a labyrinth of instruments and controls.
  3. a labyrinth of social customs and rules


Middle English laborintus, from Latin labyrinthus, from Greek labyrinthos
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth


noun \ˈlab-ə-ˌrin(t)th, -rən(t)th\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of LABYRINTH

: a tortuous anatomical structure; especially : the inner ear or its bony or membranous part—see bony labyrinth, membranous labyrinth


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

System of intricate passageways and blind alleys. Labyrinth was the name given by the ancient Greeks and Romans to buildings, entirely or partly underground, containing a number of chambers and passages that made egress difficult. From the European Renaissance on, labyrinths or mazes consisting of intricate paths separated by high hedges were a feature of formal gardens.

Variants of LABYRINTH

labyrinth or maze


Next Word in the Dictionary: labyrinthal
Previous Word in the Dictionary: laburnum
All Words Near: labyrinth

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up labyrinth? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More