Definition of travail noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

travail

 noun
noun
NAmE//trəˈveɪl//
 
[uncountable, plural](old use or literary)
 
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an unpleasant experience or situation that involves a lot of hard work, difficulties, and/or suffering the travails of life in postwar Europe
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: travail