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Definition of albatross noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

albatross

noun
/ˈælbəˌtrɔs; ‑ˌtrɑs/ albatross pronunciation American
 
1 a very large white bird with long wings that lives in the Pacific and Southern Oceans2 [usually singular] (formal) a thing that causes problems or prevents you from doing somethingThe national debt is an albatross around the president's neck.