Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “albatross”

albatross

noun uk   /ˈæl.bə.trɒs/ us    /-trɑːs/

albatross noun (BIRD)

[C] a large white bird with long, strong wings that lives near the sea, found especially in the areas of the Pacific and South Atlantic oceans

albatross noun (PROBLEM)

[S] something or someone you want to be free from because that thing or person is causing you problems: Her own supporters see her as an albatross who could lose them the election.
(Definition of albatross from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of albatross?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Difficult things and people, but you might be interested in these topics from the Easy and difficult topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

SMART Thesaurus: Birds found by or on the sea

“albatross”: synonyms and related words:

You can also find related words, phrases, and synonyms in the topics:

Word of the Day

light at the end of the tunnel

signs of improvement in a situation that has been bad for a long time, or signs that a long and difficult piece of work is almost finished

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

spoonula noun

October 13, 2014
a cooking implement that is a combination of a spoon and a spatula Pour the mixture back into the pan and cook on low-medium, scraping and folding the mixture with a silicone spoonula (I love this one).

Read More