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noun lim·bo \ˈlim-(ˌ)bō\

Definition of limbo

plural

limbos

  1. 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. 2a :  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 limboNew 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


First Known Use: 14th century


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limbo

noun lim·bo

Definition of limbo

plural

limbos

  1. :  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


First Known Use: circa 1950

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