Date: 1200-1300
Origin: maze 'to confuse' (13-19 centuries), probably from unrecorded Old English masian


maze [countable]
1 a complicated and confusing arrangement of streets, roads etc
maze of streets/paths/tunnels etc
the maze of narrow streets
I was led through a maze of corridors.
2 a large number of rules, instructions etc which are complicated and difficult to understand
maze of rules/regulations etc
a maze of new laws
3DLO a specially designed system of paths, often in a park or public garden, which is difficult to find your way through:
We got completely lost in the maze.
the famous Hampton Court maze
4DGO a children's game on paper in which you try to draw a line through a complicated group of lines without crossing any of them

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