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al·ba·tross

 (ăl′bə-trôs′, -trŏs′)
n. pl. albatross or al·ba·tross·es
1. Any of several large web-footed birds constituting the family Diomedeidae, chiefly of the oceans of the Southern Hemisphere, and having a hooked beak and long narrow wings.
2.
a. A source of worry or distress.
b. An obstacle to success. See Synonyms at burden.

[Probably alteration (influenced by Latin albus, white) of alcatras, pelican, from Portuguese or Spanish alcatraz, from Arabic al-ġaṭṭās : al-, the + ġaṭṭās, diver, sea eagle (from ġaṭasa, to plunge, dive; see ġṭs in Semitic roots). Sense 2, after the albatross in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, which the mariner killed and had to wear around his neck as a penance .]

albatross

(ˈælbəˌtrɒs)
n
1. (Animals) any large oceanic bird of the genera Diomedea and Phoebetria, family Diomedeidae, of cool southern oceans: order Procellariiformes (petrels). They have long narrow wings and are noted for a powerful gliding flight. See also wandering albatross
2. a constant and inescapable burden or handicap: an albatross of debt.
3. (Golf) golf a score of three strokes under par for a hole
[C17: from Portuguese alcatraz pelican, from Arabic al-ghattās, from al the + ghattās white-tailed sea eagle; influenced by Latin albus white: C20 in sense 2, from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798) by Samuel Taylor Coleridge]

al•ba•tross

(ˈæl bəˌtrɔs, -ˌtrɒs)

n., pl. -tross•es, (esp. collectively) -tross for 1.
1. Also called gooney bird. any of several large, web-footed, mostly white birds of the family Diomedeidae, of S and tropical oceanic waters, having a large wingspread and able to remain aloft for long periods.
2. a seemingly inescapable moral or emotional burden, as of guilt or responsibility.
3. something burdensome that impedes action or progress.
[1675–85; variant of algatross frigate bird < Portuguese alcatraz pelican]

albatross

Three under par for a hole.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.albatross - (figurative) something that hinders or handicaps; "she was an albatross around his neck"
deterrent, hinderance, hindrance, impediment, balk, baulk, handicap, check - something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
2.albatross - large web-footed birds of the southern hemisphere having long narrow wingsalbatross - large web-footed birds of the southern hemisphere having long narrow wings; noted for powerful gliding flight
oceanic bird, pelagic bird - bird of the open seas
Diomedea exulans, wandering albatross - very large albatross; white with wide black wings
black-footed albatross, Diomedea nigripes, gooney, gooney bird, goonie, goony - a variety of albatross with black feet

albatross

noun
an albatross around your neck burden, worry, trouble, trial, weight, heavy responsibility, stress, anxiety, liability, obstruction, millstone, encumbrance The drive towards privatization could become a political albatross around the party's neck
Translations
albatros
albatrossi
albatrosburnica
albatross

albatross

[ˈælbətrɒs] N
1. (Orn) → albatros m inv
2. (fig) (= burden) → rémora f
to be an albatross around sb's necksuponer una rémora para algn
3. (Golf) → albatros m inv, menos tres m

albatross

[ˈælbətrɒs] n (= bird) → albatros m

albatross

nAlbatros m; to be an albatross around somebody’s neckein Mühlstein mum jds Hals sein

albatross

[ˈælbətrɒs] nalbatro
References in classic literature ?
Bethink thee of the albatross, whence come those clouds of spiritual wonderment and pale dread, in which that white phantom sails in all imaginations?
But there are other instances where this whiteness loses all that accessory and strange glory which invests it in the White Steed and Albatross.
Some hours after midnight, the Typhoon abated so much, that through the strenuous exertions of Starbuck and Stubb --one engaged forward and the other aft --the shivered remnants of the jib and fore and main-top-sails were cut adrift from the spars, and went eddying away to leeward, like the feathers of an albatross, which sometimes are cast to the winds when that storm-tossed bird is on the wing.
Matkah taught him to follow the cod and the halibut along the under-sea banks and wrench the rockling out of his hole among the weeds; how to skirt the wrecks lying a hundred fathoms below water and dart like a rifle bullet in at one porthole and out at another as the fishes ran; how to dance on the top of the waves when the lightning was racing all over the sky, and wave his flipper politely to the stumpy-tailed Albatross and the Man-of-war Hawk as they went down the wind; how to jump three or four feet clear of the water like a dolphin, flippers close to the side and tail curved; to leave the flying fish alone because they are all bony; to take the shoulder-piece out of a cod at full speed ten fathoms deep, and never to stop and look at a boat or a ship, but particularly a row-boat.
He thought he saw an Albatross That fluttered round the lamp: He looked again, and found it was A Penny-Postage-Stamp.
His first thoughts were for the welfare of Astoria, and, concluding that the inhabitants would probably be in want of provisions, he chartered the Albatross for two thousand dollars, to land him, with some supplies, at the mouth of the Columbia, where he arrived, as we have seen, on the 20th of August, after a year's seafaring that might have furnished a chapter in the wanderings of Sinbad.
Like the lone Albatross, Incumbent on night(As she on the air) To keep watch with delight On the harmony there ?
I thought of an albatross that I had caught going out.
Aramis was silent; and his vague glances, luminous as that of an albatross, hovered for a long time over the sea, interrogating space, seeking to pierce the very horizon.
Knowing that the Albatross would beat her to Sydney, the captain of the Albatross had undertaken to look up the dog.
Then when to the sailors all hope seemed lost, an albatross came sailing through the fog.
Yet whales and seals, petrels and albatross, are exceedingly abundant throughout this part of the ocean.