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Definition of "labyrinth" [lab•y•rinth]

  • An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one's way; a maze. (noun)
  • Greek Mythology The maze in which the Minotaur was confined. (noun)
  • Something highly intricate or convoluted in character, composition, or construction: a labyrinth of rules and regulations. (noun)
  • Anatomy A group of complex interconnecting anatomical cavities. (noun)
  • Anatomy See inner ear. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "labyrinth" in a sentence
  • "They next went to what he called his labyrinth, which was a little walk he was cutting, zig-zag, through some brushwood, so low that no person above three foot height could be hid by it."
  • "Finding the entrance to the labyrinth is not the simplest of steps, for I find myself separated from it by another labyrinth."
  • ""Pensioner 'entomed in labyrinth of tunnels carved into rubbish'" (Thanks, Robert Pescovitz!)"