Definition of labyrinth
1a : a place constructed of or full of intricate passageways and blind alleys a complex labyrinth of tunnels and chambersb : a maze (as in a garden) formed by paths separated by high hedges
2 : something extremely complex or tortuous (see tortuous 1) 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 in a Sentence
a complex labyrinth of tunnels and chambers
The cockpit was a labyrinth of instruments and controls.
a labyrinth of social customs and rules
Recent Examples of labyrinth from the Web
Some say they were promised citizenship by Army recruiters, only to face labyrinths of red tape with little guidance.
The trajectory of Jasper's strange childhood takes readers from the Australian bush to bohemian Paris to the jungles of Thailand--with stops in strip clubs, asylums, criminal hideouts, and a famous labyrinth built by Martin.
Ergo Metroid: Samus Returns, a revisitation of Nintendo's labyrinth-scrutinizing, alien-stalking escapade for the 3DS that in 2017 seems iterative, honed, and if anything, overdue.
Now, more than ever, the men's swimwear market is a labyrinth of colors, patterns, shapes, and, most confusingly, a variety of different lengths.
But rain still quickly saturated the city's aging sewers, draining off streets, parking lots and rooftops into an underground labyrinth that also carries sewage from households and factories.
Once parked inside the World Trade Center building, where the tennis center is tucked away out of sight, you are greeted by a labyrinth of floors and elevators and blank-faced security guards.
Regardless of any changes, however, within the labyrinth of details about travel to Cuba there is one document that remains largely unexplained: the Cuban entry permit, known as visa or tourist card, that all non-Cuban visitors are required to buy.
The seven-circuit labyrinth will be open for walks and tours.
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Is there a difference between maze and labyrinth?
Is there a difference between the words maze and labyrinth? Not so much; both words are used in reference to confusing networks of passages or channels, or for a thing that is complicated or confusingly elaborate. However, in origin the two words are quite different. Maze is presumed to come from an unrecorded Old English word masian (“to confuse”), whereas labyrinth has a more classical pedigree.
Ancient Greek legends tell of King Minos of Crete, who had the inventor Daedalus create a labyrinth beneath his palace in which was housed the Minotaur, a fearsome monster with the head of a bull and body of a man. The Minotaur was said to have been slain by the Greek hero Theseus, who then managed to find his way out of the labyrinth with the aid of a ball of thread that had been given to him by Ariadne, the daughter of Minos.
Origin and Etymology of labyrinth
Middle English laborintus, from Latin labyrinthus, from Greek labyrinthos
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
LABYRINTH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of labyrinth for English Language Learners
: a place that has many confusing paths or passages
: something that is extremely complicated or difficult to understand
LABYRINTH Defined for Kids
Definition of labyrinth for Students
: a place that has many confusing paths and passages
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