labyrinth

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noun lab·y·rinth \ˈla-bə-ˌrin(t)th, -rən(t)th\

Definition of labyrinth

  1. 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. 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. 3 :  a tortuous anatomical structure; especially :  the internal ear or its bony or membranous part

Examples of labyrinth in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of labyrinth

Middle English laborintus, from Latin labyrinthus, from Greek labyrinthos


First Known Use: 14th century

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LABYRINTH Defined for English Language Learners

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noun lab·y·rinth \ˈla-bə-ˌrin(t)th, -rən(t)th\

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

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noun lab·y·rinth \ˈla-bə-ˌrinth\

Definition of labyrinth for Students

  1. :  a place that has many confusing paths and passages


Medical Dictionary

labyrinth

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

Medical Definition of labyrinth

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



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