What does albatross mean?

Definitions for albatross
ˈæl bəˌtrɔs, -ˌtrɒsal·ba·tross

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. albatross, millstone(noun)

    (figurative) something that hinders or handicaps

    "she was an albatross around his neck"

  2. albatross, mollymawk(noun)

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


  1. albatross(Noun)

    Any of various large seabirds of the family Diomedeidae ranging widely in the Southern Ocean and the North Pacific and having a hooked beak and long narrow wings.

  2. albatross(Noun)

    A double eagle, or three under par on any one hole

  3. albatross(Noun)

    A long-term impediment, burden, or curse.

  4. Origin: An alteration of word alcatraz, under influence of the word albus; alcatraz comes from قطرس.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Albatross(noun)

    a web-footed bird, of the genus Diomedea, of which there are several species. They are the largest of sea birds, capable of long-continued flight, and are often seen at great distances from the land. They are found chiefly in the southern hemisphere

  2. Origin: [Corrupt. fr. Pg. alcatraz cormorant, albatross, or Sp. alcatraz a pelican: cf. Pg. alcatruz, Sp. arcaduz, a bucket, fr. Ar. al-qdus the bucket, fr. Gr. ka`dos, a water vessel. So an Arabic term for pelican is water-carrier, as a bird carrying water in its pouch.]


  1. Albatross

    Albatross, originally named Albatros, later Alk, was a sailing ship that became famous when she sank in 1961 with a group of American teenagers on board. The events were the basis for the highly fictionalized film White Squall.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Albatross

    al′ba-tros, n. a large, long-winged, web-footed sea-bird of remarkable powers of flight, found abundantly in the Southern Ocean, particularly near the Cape of Good Hope. [Corr. from Alcatras (q.v.), perh. with reference to albus, white, from its colour.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Albatross

    the largest and strongest of sea-birds, that ranges over the southern seas, often seen far from land; it is a superstition among sailors that it is disastrous to shoot one.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of albatross in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of albatross in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of albatross in a Sentence

  1. Lisa Monaco:

    Why hand over this albatross to the president’s successor?

  2. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn:

    We can't have a nominee be an albatross around the down-ballot races, that's a concern of mine.

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