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limbo

noun lim·bo \ ˈlim-(ˌ)bō \

Definition of limbo

plural limbos
1 often capitalized :an abode of souls that are according to Roman Catholic theology barred from heaven because of not having received Christian baptism
2 a :a place or state of restraint or confinement
  • trapping travelers in an airless limbo
  • —Sam Boal
b :a place or state of neglect or oblivion
  • proposals kept in limbo
c :an intermediate or transitional place or state
  • the adolescent occupies a special human limbo
  • New Republic
d :a state of uncertainty
  • The graduate was in limbo for a while, trying to decide what to do next.

Origin and Etymology of limbo

Middle English, from Medieval Latin, ablative of limbus limbo, from Latin, border


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limbo

noun

Definition of limbo

plural limbos
:a dance or contest that involves bending over backwards and passing under a horizontal pole lowered slightly for each successive pass

Origin and Etymology of limbo

English of Trinidad & Barbados; akin to Jamaican English limba to bend, from English 3limber

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