lab·​y·​rin·​thine | \ ˌla-bə-ˈrin(t)-thən How to pronounce labyrinthine (audio) ; -ˈrin-ˌthīn, -ˌthēn\

Definition of labyrinthine

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

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Examples of labyrinthine in a Sentence

the labyrinthine politics of Central Europe left us totally befuddled

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The Sandman' is complex to the point of labyrinthine, non-linear to the point of vertiginous. Michael Schaub,, "Neil Gaiman’s ‘Sandman’ reportedly headed to the small screen," 1 July 2019 California cities generally have some of the most restrictive zoning laws and labyrinthine permitting processes in the nation. James Sutton, National Review, "The California Housing Crisis and the Problem with Local Control," 19 June 2019 Setups that were more curved with a thicker layer on top would form a hexagonal layout of dimples and then, if stressed enough (as when Reis pulled air from inside the spheres), would eventually go labyrinthine as well. Quanta Magazine, "A Grand Theory of Wrinkles," 8 Apr. 2015 Venture into the labyrinthine City Palace, and trace its line of maharajas to the current occupant. National Geographic, "India High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 Surely there aren’t many other 7-foot-1 Americans in the Eastern Chinese city of Nanjing these days, strolling around its labyrinthine underground malls while bargain-hunting for double-XL tees. Alex Prewitt,, "Out of the Darkness: Isaiah Austin Searches for Peace Without the NBA," 14 June 2019 However, rolling out its service may be a different story, given the country’s labyrinthine rules and regulations. Itika Sharma Punit, Quartz India, "Want to fly your own drone like Zomato? These YouTubers explain why that won’t be easy," 12 June 2019 Per years past, there are many attractions spattered throughout Pioneer Works’s labyrinthine three floors; a magician, a tarot card reader, a Bosco photobooth, a VR experience. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Inside Pioneer Works's 6th Annual Village Fete," 5 May 2019 Walk the labyrinthine streets to Akra, a cavernous restaurant in the souk that sells all kinds of hummus, including my favorite, with fatteh, covered in a luscious layer of labneh. John Gregory-smith, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Lebanon, Let Food Be Your Guide," 16 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of labyrinthine

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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lab·​y·​rin·​thine | \ -ˈrin(t)-thən; -ˈrin-ˌthīn How to pronounce labyrinthine (audio) , -ˌthēn How to pronounce labyrinthine (audio) \

Medical Definition of labyrinthine

: of, relating to, affecting, or originating in the inner ear human labyrinthine lesions

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