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talisman

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noun tal·is·man \ˈta-ləs-mən, -ləz-\

Simple Definition of talisman

  • : an object (such as a ring or stone) that is believed to have magic powers and to cause good things to happen to the person who has it

Full Definition of talisman

plural tal·is·mans

  1. 1 :  an object held to act as a charm to avert evil and bring good fortune

  2. 2 :  something producing apparently magical or miraculous effects

tal·is·man·ic play \ˌta-ləs-ˈma-nik, -ləz-\ adjective
tal·is·man·i·cal·ly play \-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of talisman

  1. <a pendant of white nephrite jade is often worn by Indians as a talisman to ward off heart disease>



Origin of talisman

French talisman or Spanish talismán or Italian talismano; all from Arabic ṭilsam, from Middle Greek telesma, from Greek, consecration, from telein to initiate into the mysteries, complete, from telos end — more at telos


First Known Use: 1638



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