from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
- n. A constant, worrisome burden.
- n. An obstacle to success.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various large seabirds of the family Diomedeidae ranging widely in the Southern Ocean and the North Pacific and having a hooked beak and long narrow wings.
- n. A double eagle, or three under par on any one hole.
- n. A long-term impediment, burden, or curse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A web-footed bird, of the genus Diomedea, of which there are several species. They are the largest of sea birds, capable of long-continued flight, and are often seen at great distances from the land. They are found chiefly in the southern hemisphere.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A web-footed sea-bird of the petrel family, Procellariidæ, and subfamily Diomedeinæ.
- n. A thin untwilled woolen material used for women's dresses.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large web-footed birds of the southern hemisphere having long narrow wings; noted for powerful gliding flight
- n. (figurative) something that hinders or handicaps
Mason says, if elected, he would do a better job in fighting corruption, which he describes as the albatross that has been hanging around the neck of Liberia.
BASH (voice-over): Those prejudices led to what he calls his albatross, briefly joining the Ku Klux Klan.
Together we will forever destroy America and this Healthcare albatross is just the start.
Whether this trope works organically to advance the plot or becomes an authorial albatross is beside the point; as in Kafka, whose sentences Krauss's bear an intentional stylistic resemblance to, or such neo-realistic films as Fellini's Nights of Cabiria, "Great House" builds more toward developing a theme than a plot.
Right now we are waiting to find out what our little albatross is going to cost us ....
His real albatross is that he never has come back to win a major while trailing after 54 holes.
S. O'BRIEN: How much -- I mean is the word albatross too heavy handed to use here?
'They are silent enough generally' – for the voice of the albatross is rarely heard at sea.
Mason also said Sirleaf has failed to fight corruption, which he described as the albatross around Liberia’s neck.
Keith's note: It is certainly interesting to note that Mike Griffin is now such an ISS fan given the dismissive attitude that he and his inner staff the "Band of Brothers" often had for this "albatross" - a term they used in staff meetings.