noun lim·bo \ˈlim-(ˌ)bō\
plural limbos

Definition of LIMBO

often capitalized :  an abode of souls that are according to Roman Catholic theology barred from heaven because of not having received Christian baptism
a :  a place or state of restraint or confinement
b :  a place or state of neglect or oblivion <proposals kept in limbo>
c :  an intermediate or transitional place or state
d :  a state of uncertainty

Origin of LIMBO

Middle English, from Medieval Latin, abl. of limbus limbo, from Latin, border
First Known Use: 14th century


plural limbos

Definition of LIMBO

:  a dance or contest that involves bending over backwards and passing under a horizontal pole lowered slightly for each successive pass

Origin of LIMBO

English of Trinidad & Barbados; akin to Jamaican English limba to bend, from English 3limber
First Known Use: circa 1950

Other Dance Terms

attitude, honor, saltatory, sashay, taw


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