prestidigitation


pres·ti·dig·i·ta·tion

noun \ˌpres-tə-ˌdi-jə-ˈtā-shən\

Definition of PRESTIDIGITATION

pres·ti·dig·i·ta·tor \-ˈdi-jə-ˌtā-tər\ noun

Examples of PRESTIDIGITATION

  1. <Houdini's powers of prestidigitation remain legendary to this very day.>

Origin of PRESTIDIGITATION

French, from prestidigitateur prestidigitator, from preste nimble, quick (from Italian presto) + Latin digitus finger — more at digit
First Known Use: 1859

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