Updated: 4 days ago
Pronunciation: [ meyl-struhm ]
1 : a large, powerful, or violent whirlpool
2 : a restless, disordered, or tumultuous state of affairs
Origin: Late 17th Cenury; Dutch
Etymology: from early modern Dutch (denoting a mythical whirlpool in the Arctic Ocean, west of Norway), from maalen ‘grind, whirl’ + stroom ‘stream’
Example: The captain shrieked as he realized it was too late—he was headed into the maelstrom.