[lab-uh-rin-thin, -theen]


of, relating to, or resembling a labyrinth.
complicated; tortuous: the labyrinthine byways of modern literature.

Also lab·y·rin·thi·an [lab-uh-rin-thee-uh n] /ˌlæb əˈrɪn θi ən/, lab·y·rin·thic.

Origin of labyrinthine

First recorded in 1740–50; labyrinth + -ine1
Related formslab·y·rin·thi·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for labyrinthine


labyrinthian (ˌlæbəˈrɪnθɪən) or labyrinthic (ˌlæbəˈrɪnθɪk)


of or relating to a labyrinth
resembling a labyrinth in complexity
Derived Formslabyrinthically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for labyrinthine

1630s; see labyrinth + -ine (1). Earlier adjective forms were labyrinthian (1580s); labyrinthial (1540s).

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labyrinthine in Medicine


[lăb′ə-rĭnthĭn, -thēn′]


Of, relating to, resembling, or constituting a labyrinth.
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