variants: or less commonly alacazam \ ˌa-​lə-​kə-​ˈzam How to pronounce alacazam (audio) , ˌä-​ \

Definition of alakazam

used as an invocation of magical power or to indicate an instantaneous transformation or appearance that occurs by or as if by magicHe is unlikely to be judged kindly by subway and bus riders if they do not see—alakazam !—quick improvement in fraying service.— Clyde Haberman, New York Times, 30 Oct. 2009

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First Known Use of alakazam

1902, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alakazam

earlier alagazam, a nonsense word (of obscure origin)

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“Alakazam.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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