albatross

[[t]æ̱lbətrɒs, AM -trɔːs[/t]]
albatrosses
1) N-COUNT An albatross is a very large white seabird.
2) N-COUNT: usu with supp (disapproval) If you describe something or someone as an albatross around your neck, you mean that they cause you great problems from which you cannot escape, or they prevent you from doing what you want to do.

Privatization could become a political albatross for the ruling party.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • albatross — [al′bə trôs΄, al′bəträs΄] n. pl. albatrosses or albatross [altered, prob. infl. by albus, white < Sp alcatraz, lit., pelican < Port, pelican, orig., bucket < Ar al qādūs, water wheel basket, scoop < Gr kados, cask, jar; prob. < Heb …   English World dictionary

  • Albatross — Al ba*tross, n. [Corrupt. fr. Pg. alcatraz cormorant, albatross, or Sp. alcatraz a pelican: cf. Pg. alcatruz, Sp. arcaduz, a bucket, fr. Ar. al q[=a]dus the bucket, fr. Gr. ka dos, a water vessel. So an Arabic term for pelican is water carrier,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • albatross — (n.) 1670s, probably from Spanish or Portuguese alcatraz pelican (16c.), perhaps derived from Arabic al ghattas sea eagle [Barnhart]; or from Port. alcatruz the bucket of a water wheel [OED], from Arabic al qadus machine for drawing water, jar… …   Etymology dictionary

  • albatross — [n] burden cross to bear, disgrace, load, millstone, misery, woe; concepts 532,690 …   New thesaurus

  • albatross — ► NOUN (pl. albatrosses) 1) a very large seabird with long narrow wings, found chiefly in the southern oceans. 2) a burden or encumbrance (in allusion to Coleridge s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner). ORIGIN alteration (influenced by Latin albus… …   English terms dictionary

  • Albatross — This article is about the bird family. For other uses, see Albatross (disambiguation). Albatross Temporal range: Oligocene–recent …   Wikipedia

  • Albatross — Albatros (englische Schreibweise Albatross) bezeichnet: Albatrosse, eine Familie von Seevögeln eine Punktwertung im Golfsport, siehe Golf (Sport)#Par den Literaturpreis der Günter Grass Stiftung einen Titel für Seeleute, die das Kap Hoorn… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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