What does limbo mean?

Definitions for limboˈlɪm boʊ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word limbo.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. oblivion, limbo(noun)

    the state of being disregarded or forgotten

  2. limbo(noun)

    an imaginary place for lost or neglected things

  3. limbo(noun)

    (theology) in Roman Catholicism, the place of unbaptized but innocent or righteous souls (such as infants and virtuous individuals)


  1. Limbo(n.)

    A West Indian dance contest, in which participants must dance under a pole which is lowered successively until only one participant can successfully pass under, without falling. It is often performed at celebrations, such as weddings.

  2. Origin: [Jamaican E. limba to bend, fr. E. limber (1950) MW10]

Webster Dictionary

  1. Limbo(noun)

    alt. of Limbus

  2. Origin: [Jamaican E. limba to bend, fr. E. limber (1950) MW10]


  1. Limbo

    In the theology of the Catholic Church, Limbo is a speculative idea about the afterlife condition of those who die in Original Sin without being assigned to the Hell of the Damned. Limbo is not an official doctrine of the Catholic Church or any other Christian denomination. Medieval theologians, in western Europe, described the underworld as divided into four distinct parts: Hell of the Damned, Purgatory, Limbo of the Fathers or Patriarchs, and Limbo of the Infants.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Limbo

    lim′bō, n. an indefinite region in the intermediate state, the abode of those who have had no opportunity to accept Christ, of the souls of the pious who died before the time of Christ, and of the souls of unbaptised infants: a place of confinement, or where things are thrown aside.—Also Lim′bus. [L. limbus, border.]


  1. Limbo

    BrightKite, formerly Limbo, is a prominent mobile social networks where people share the places they go and the things they do. In Limbo, members broadcast their location, locate bars, clubs or restaurants, and coordinate their friends with group text. All tools and services are free to members thanks to the support of interactive, highly targeted, location-based mobile advertisements.In April 2009, Limbo Purchased Brightkite and adopted BrightKite’s name.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of limbo in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of limbo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. President Barack Obama on Friday:

    The fact that she has now been lingering in this limbo for longer than the five previous attorney general nominees combined makes no sense.

  2. Brice Ladson:

    This criminal matter needs to be over and done with so the family can move forward, leaving everyone's lives in limbo certainly doesn't serve the cause of justice.

  3. Barack Obama:

    You don't hold attorney general nominees hostage for other issues. This is our top law enforcement office. Nobody denies that she's well-qualified, we need to go ahead and get her done, the fact that she has now been lingering in this limbo for longer than the five previous attorney general nominees combined makes no sense.

  4. Peter Greste:

    Effectively, that means I will automatically get a conviction if I don't appear but of course I can't go back because President Sisi deported me, so I'm stuck in this legal limbo, the problem is this has never happened before. They've never had a defendant deported from the country while the trial is ongoing so there is no formal legal mechanism for the judge to take me off the case.

  5. Daren Blomquist:

    May foreclosure numbers are a classic good news-bad news scenario, with the number of homeowners starting the foreclosure process stabilizing at pre-housing crisis levels but the number of homeowners actually losing their homes to foreclosure still well above pre-crisis levels and on the rise, lenders and courts are pushing through stubborn foreclosure cases that have been languishing in foreclosure limbo for years as options to prevent foreclosure are exhausted or left untapped.

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Translations for limbo

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • Limbus, Vorhölle, LimboGerman
  • paitsio, välitila, limbus, limboFinnish
  • limbes, limboFrench
  • քավարանArmenian
  • 辺獄, 辺土, リンボJapanese
  • लिम्बोMarathi
  • vagevuur, voorgeborchte, limbo, limbusDutch
  • próżnia, otchłańPolish
  • лимб, ли́мбо, подвешенное состояниеRussian

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