: of, relating to, or resembling a labyrinth : intricate, involved
: of, relating to, affecting, or originating in the internal ear
labyrinthine lesions

Examples of labyrinthine in a Sentence

labyrinthine politics that left us totally befuddled
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Word History

First Known Use

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of labyrinthine was in 1632

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Cite this Entry

“Labyrinthine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Medical Definition


lab·​y·​rin·​thine -ˈrin(t)-thən; -ˈrin-ˌthīn How to pronounce labyrinthine (audio) -ˌthēn How to pronounce labyrinthine (audio)
: of, relating to, affecting, or originating in the inner ear
human labyrinthine lesions

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