Simple Definition of labyrinth
: a place that has many confusing paths or passages
: something that is extremely complicated or difficult to understand
Full Definition of labyrinth
1 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
2 : 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>
3 : a tortuous anatomical structure; especially : the internal ear or its bony or membranous part
Examples of labyrinth
a complex labyrinth of tunnels and chambers
The cockpit was a labyrinth of instruments and controls.
a labyrinth of social customs and rules
Origin of labyrinth
Middle English laborintus, from Latin labyrinthus, from Greek labyrinthos
First Known Use: 14th century
LABYRINTH Defined for Kids
Definition of labyrinth
: a place that has many confusing paths and passages
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