lab·​y·​rin·​thi·​an ˌla-bə-ˈrin(t)-thē-ən How to pronounce labyrinthian (audio)

Example Sentences

a website with an exceptionally labyrinthian procedure for ordering merchandise
Recent Examples on the Web Each planet has its own visual identity and acts as a greater hub with tons of quest markers and labyrinthian depths to explore. Christopher Cruz, Rolling Stone, 17 Oct. 2022 The Mercado de los Cielos at the West Side's Desert Sky Mall is a sprawling and labyrinthian swap meet that boasts more than 200 different stores. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 12 Dec. 2021 This latest twist in the labyrinthian belief system comes after dozens of JFK Jr. truthers — who waited for hours at Dealey Plaza for the Camelot scion to appear — went on to attend that night’s Rolling Stones concert at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Steven Monacelli, Rolling Stone, 4 Nov. 2021 Wandering the labyrinthian night market in Ebisu and snacking on yakitori, Mizuki begins to feel like a past version of herself: the confident, beautiful, and happy young woman who’d moved from rural Japan to New York City to make it as a singer. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 17 Sep. 2021 Instead, Americans struggling with post-Covid symptoms face a highly unequal health care landscape, with the most vulnerable populations navigating labyrinthian barriers to treatment. Karina Piser, The New Republic, 27 July 2021 This labyrinthian Swedish thriller features a wealthy cosmetics magnate whose ex-husband is serving time for killing their daughter. New York Times, 29 June 2021 Fure melds installation and performance through a sonic art practice that brings immersive listening experiences to unusual places — most recently a labyrinthian water tank in Berlin. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2021 The signature Chiale-style labyrinthian black and white lines of his racecar concept serve as a sprawling and rapid inspiration to those up to the challenge of entering the design race. Ryan Mccarthy, Rolling Stone, 12 May 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1588, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of labyrinthian was in 1588

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“Labyrinthian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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