From Latin labyrinthus, from Ancient Greek λαβύρινθος (labúrinthos, “maze”), possibly from an Anatolian language (compare Lydian lábrus 'double-edged axe' and -inthos, a suffix typical of Anatolian placenames), although the actual etymology of labyrinth is still a matter of conjecture.
labyrinth (plural labyrinths)
- A maze, especially underground or covered.
- Part of the inner ear.
- (figuratively) Anything complicated and confusing, like a maze.
- To enclose in a labyrinth, or as though in a labyrinth.
- To arrange in the form of a labyrinth.
- Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition, 1989