- 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
- a constant and inescapable burden or handicap
- a score of three strokes under par for a hole
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- Birdsa large, web-footed, mostly white bird of southern tropical oceanic waters, having a large wingspread and able to remain aloft for long periods.
- something burdensome that gets in the way of action or progress:This huge debt is the company's albatross.
- Birdsany of several large, web-footed sea birds of the family Diomedeidae that have the ability to remain aloft for long periods. Cf. wandering albatross.
- a seemingly inescapable moral or emotional burden, as of guilt or responsibility.
- something burdensome that impedes action or progress.
- a lightweight worsted fabric with a crepe or pebble finish.
- a plain-weave cotton fabric with a soft nap surface.
- Arabic al-ghaṭṭāṣ a kind of sea eagle, literally, the diver; -b- for -g- perh. by association with Latin albus white (the bird's color)
- Portuguese alcatraz pelican, probably
- variant of algatross frigate bird 1675–85