- a structure consisting of an intricate network of winding passages bordered as by walls or hedges; specif., such a structure designed for prayer and meditation: technically, a labyrinth (unlike a maze) contains no dead ends and consists of a single path leading to a center
- a complicated, perplexing arrangement, course of affairs, etc.
- Anat. the inner ear
- [L-]Gr. Myth. the labyrinthine structure built by Daedalus for King Minos of Crete, to house the Minotaur
Origin of labyrinthMiddle English laborintus (altered by folk etymology by associated, association with Classical Latin labor, labor + intus, into) from Classical Latin labyrinthus from Classical Greek labyrinthos, of pre-Hellenic origin, originally