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labyrinth

noun lab·y·rinth \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

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

  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

Origin of LABYRINTH

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

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LABYRINTH Defined for Kids

labyrinth

noun lab·y·rinth \ˈla-bə-ˌrinth\

Definition of LABYRINTH for Kids

:  a place that has many confusing paths and passages
Medical Dictionary

labyrinth

noun lab·y·rinth \ˈlab-ə-ˌrin(t)th, -rən(t)th\

Medical Definition of LABYRINTH

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

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