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open sesame

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noun open ses·a·me \-ˈse-sə-mē\

Simple Definition of open sesame

  • : something that allows a person or thing to do or enter something successfully and easily

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of open sesame

  1. :  something that unfailingly brings about a desired end

Examples of open sesame in a sentence

  1. Perfect test scores are an open sesame to the best schools.

  2. <it turned out that a simple please was the open sesame for charming the hotel manager into giving us a room with a better view>



Origin of open sesame

from open sesame, the magical command used by Ali Baba to open the door of the robbers' den in Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves


First Known Use: circa 1837


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