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Definition of taboo noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//tæˈbu//
    (pl. taboos) taboo (against/on something)
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  1. 1a cultural or religious custom that does not allow people to do, use, or talk about a particular thing as people find it offensive or embarrassing an incest taboo a taboo against working on Sunday to break/violate a taboo Death is one of the great taboos in our culture.
  2. 2a general agreement not to do something or talk about something The subject is still a taboo in our family.
taboo adjective
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in the days when sex was a taboo subject Any talk of the divorce is strictly taboo.

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