Definition of Albatross in English :

Define Albatross in English

Albatross meaning in English

Meaning of Albatross in English

Pronunciation of Albatross in English

Albatross pronunciation in English

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1. albatross, millstone

(figurative) something that hinders or handicaps

Example Sentences:
'she was an albatross around his neck'

2. albatross, mollymawk

large web-footed birds of the southern hemisphere having long narrow wings; noted for powerful gliding flight

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of albatross
any large oceanic bird of the genera Diomedea and Phoebetria, family Diomedeidae, of cool southern oceans: order Procellariiformes (petrels). They have long narrow wings and are noted for a powerful gliding flight
See also wandering albatross
a constant and inescapable burden or handicap
an albatross of debt
3. golf
a score of three strokes under par for a hole

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nounWord forms: plural ˈalbaˌtrosses or ˈalbaˌtross
any of a family (Diomedeidae) of large, web-footed tubenose birds found chiefly in the South Seas: they have long, narrow wings and a long, hooked beak
a burden or source of distress, esp. one that impairs effective action
often in the phrase an albatross around one's neck

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see synonyms of albatross
n. pl. albatross or al·ba·tross·es
1. Any of several large web-footed birds constituting the family Diomedeidae, chiefly of the oceans of the Southern Hemisphere, and having a hooked beak and long narrow wings.
a. A source of worry or distress.
b. An obstacle to success. See Synonyms at burden.

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