Albatross Definition

ălbə-trôs, -trŏs
albatrosses
noun
albatrosses
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.
Webster's New World
A burden or source of distress, esp. one that impairs effective action.
Webster's New World
An obstacle to success.
American Heritage
Albatross is defined as guilt or a burden.
Cheating on one's wife and carrying around the secret for decades is an example of something that could become an albatross.
YourDictionary

(golf) A double eagle, or three under par on any one hole.

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Other Word Forms of Albatross

Noun

Singular:
albatross
Plural:
albatrosses

Origin of Albatross

  • Probably alteration (influenced by Latin albus white) of alcatras pelican from Portuguese or Spanish alcatraz from Arabic al-ġaṭṭās al- the ġaṭṭās diver, sea eagle (from ġaṭasa to plunge, dive ġṭs in Semitic roots) Sense 2, after the albatross in “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, which the mariner killed and had to wear around his neck as a penance

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • The "long-term impediment" sense is derived from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, from the seabird.

    From Wiktionary

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