mag·​ic | \ ˈma-jik How to pronounce magic (audio) \

Definition of magic

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : the use of means (such as charms or spells) believed to have supernatural power over natural forces
b : magic rites or incantations
2a : an extraordinary power or influence seemingly from a supernatural source Both pitchers, although they are older, haven't lost their magic.
b : something that seems to cast a spell : enchantment all the mystery, magic and romance which belong to royalty alone— J. E. P. Grigg
3 : the art of producing illusions by sleight of hand entertained with acts of jugglery and magic



Definition of magic (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : of or relating to magic
2a : having seemingly supernatural qualities or powers
b : giving a feeling of enchantment


magicked; magicking

Definition of magic (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to produce, remove, or influence by magic

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Examples of magic in a Sentence

Noun children who believe in magic a book that explains how to do magic Both pitchers, though they are older, haven't lost their magic. Adjective a magic potion that makes you able to fly There is no magic solution to these problems.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Like all magic, this bending of time and space was really a matter of science. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "9 Perfumes That Let You Travel (When COVID Won’t)," 13 July 2020 But don’t worry, as the magic of Disney still exists. Travel + Leisure, "Check Out the First Photos of Disney World's Cinderella Castle Makeover," 9 July 2020 Fidrych’s ground-ball magic finally faltered in the fourth inning as Brett, John Mayberry and McRae strung together back-to-back-to-back singles to push across a run. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers flashback: The night Mark Fidrych was 'horse manure' and got a standing 'O'," 9 July 2020 The upset of Green Bay in the first game after Pagano's announcement captured the magic of the season. Nat Newell, The Indianapolis Star, "Ranking every Indianapolis Colts team: Nos. 16-20, disappointments and false promise," 9 July 2020 The dramatic setting — a massive Roman forum — was always part of the festival’s magic. Washington Post, "Lebanon holds Baalbek concert despite virus, economic crisis," 6 July 2020 The dramatic setting — a massive Roman forum — was always part of the festival’s magic., "239 specialists: The coronavirus is airborne," 5 July 2020 Pick up a pack of the organic variety to maximize the flavor magic that happens when strawberry meets Funfetti. Dana Holmes, CNN Underscored, "Everything you need to make Funfetti dip at home," 25 June 2020 Like magic, a text fragment link will end up on your clipboard. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google pushes “text fragment links” with new Chrome extension," 18 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective DoNotPay isn't claiming that its anti-spam tool will be a magic panacea for your inbox hellscape. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "DoNotPay Unsubscribes You From Spam—and Tries to Get You Paid," 9 July 2020 Still, one cruise line had more magic than the others: Disney. Paul Brady, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 10 Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Lines," 8 July 2020 The editorial never endorses single-payer, a public option, magic beans, or any policy that would expand health insurance or care. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "The Wrong Way to Grapple With a Public Health Crisis," 7 July 2020 But Strong points out that she was left with a hopefulness at the end of the book, at peace with the knowledge that her main character had come to terms with the fact that there is no magic line to cross and find your life fixed on the other side. Seija Rankin,, "Want's Lynn Steger Strong on writing her own privilege," 7 July 2020 Does that mean masks are sort of the magic solution for a business to provide confidence? CBS News, "Transcript: Tripadvisor's Stephen Kaufer on "Face the Nation," July 5, 2020," 5 July 2020 The MacBook Pro features a magic keyboard and retina display, along with a Touch Bar for navigation. Ellen Mcalpine, CNN Underscored, "Pick up discounted tech at B&H Photo Video’s Fourth of July Sale," 2 July 2020 And there is still magic in those tapes, at least the ones that will play. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, "A dozen albums for a penny? I’ve still got mine, and plenty of time to listen.," 2 July 2020 There’s no single magic grocery list perfect for all college students. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, "Food Staples Every Dorm Room Needs," 26 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The editor tried to magic away the controversy by claiming that the essay had been intended as satire, an obvious lie. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The New Republic’s Mayor Pete Problem," 16 July 2019 It’s hard to see how wanting to magic away their beliefs is compatible with an expansive vision of tolerance that would bring ideological balance to secular universities. Alan Levinovitz, Slate Magazine, "Today’s political climate doesn’t require more tolerance. It requires less.," 20 Mar. 2017 Brewers’ efforts to magic up a new daypart for beer come as sales of the beverage are falling, both in the U.S. and world-wide. Lara O’reilly, WSJ, "CMO Today: WPP Suffers Hack; Brunch Beer; Verizon Pursues Carrier Data Tie-Ups," 28 June 2017

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First Known Use of magic


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1906, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for magic

Noun and Adjective

Middle English magique, from Middle French, from Latin magice, from Greek magikē, feminine of magikos Magian, magical, from magos magus, sorcerer, of Iranian origin; akin to Old Persian maguš sorcerer

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The first known use of magic was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Magic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of magic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a power that allows people (such as witches and wizards) to do impossible things by saying special words or performing special actions
: tricks that seem to be impossible and that are done by a performer to entertain people
: special power, influence, or skill



English Language Learners Definition of magic (Entry 2 of 2)

: having the power to make impossible things happen : having supernatural power
: involving the skill of doing tricks that seem to be impossible
: capable of producing good results very easily


mag·​ic | \ ˈma-jik How to pronounce magic (audio) \

Kids Definition of magic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the power to control natural forces possessed by certain persons (as wizards and witches) in folk tales and fiction
2 : the art or skill of performing tricks or illusions for entertainment
3 : a power that seems mysterious The team lost its magic.
4 : something that charms They calmed us with the magic of their singing.



Kids Definition of magic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : having or seeming to have the power to make impossible things happen She chanted the magic words.
2 : of or relating to the power to make impossible things happen magic tricks
3 : giving a feeling of enchantment It was a magic moment.

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