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


children who believe in magic a book that explains how to do magic Both pitchers, though they are older, haven't lost their magic.


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

And then, like magic, the two went horseback riding and concluded their romantic rendezvous with a kiss. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Dancing With the Stars' Fans Go Nuts After Seeing Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten's Steamy Kiss," 6 Nov. 2018 Loans to brands for ad jobs came next and then, like magic, Casavant and Kanye West linked up around the time Yeezy was launching. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "David Casavant Is More Than Just an Archivist—Peek Inside His Debut Book," 31 Oct. 2018 That quest turns into a mission to help the people of New York City remember the magic of Christmas in this musical comedy based on the hit film. Matthew J. Palm,, "The Beatles add music to Orlando Rep's 2018-19 season," 11 June 2018 As more gray-suited performers arrived — and started their intricate machinations of entrances, exits, struts and poses — the magic of the show became clear. Erik Ernst, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "David Byrne delivers in a deceptively stripped-down, sold-out show at Riverside Theater," 16 May 2018 Fans can also relive the magic of Beyoncé's 2018 Coachella performance through her new Netflix documentary, Homecoming, and accompanying live album, which were both just released this week. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Actually, Ariana Grande and Beyoncé Were Probably Paid About the Same for Coachella," 19 Apr. 2019 Much of the hidden magic of reading aloud has to do with those curious eyes and that devouring gaze. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "The Secret Power of the Children’s Picture Book," 18 Jan. 2019 By presenting the beauty of simple ingredients, Hart shares the magic of the Earth and the hope that more people can live and work together, taking care of the land and each other. Catherine M. Allchin, The Seattle Times, "Meals at Stowel Lake Farm celebrate its organic vegetable garden, and its intergenerational community," 5 Feb. 2019 The premise of many 2 degree scenarios is that global economies will continue growing but, thanks to the magic of decoupling, carbon intensity — the ratio of carbon emitted per unit of economic output — will rapidly fall and thus so will emissions. David Roberts, Vox, "The case for “conditional optimism” on climate change," 29 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

On the typical Front Country trip the idea is for beginner skiers to start at ground school at Snow King or Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, riding the magic carpet. Allie Gross, The Christian Science Monitor, "Veterans find community, healing through outdoor sports," 9 Mar. 2018 The magic ingredient is actually an iron-rich protein from soy plants mass-produced using yeast. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Is the Impossible Burger Actually Healthy? A Nutritionist Weighs In on the Ingredients," 29 Apr. 2019 Flour, yeast, salt, water, and skill come together to make something truly magic and life-sustaining under Martin’s strong, watchful eye. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "What We Learned After Baking Nothing But Bread for 3 Days," 9 Apr. 2019 Before joining the royal family, the Duchess was already the proud owner of two pooches named Bogart and Guy, and during their engagement interview, Prince Harry even shared a story about Meghan's magic touch with dogs. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Were Both All About the Cute Dogs During Their Sussex Visit," 3 Oct. 2018 Even as Mexican officials have put their faith in Ibarrondo, Osorio acknowledged the difficulty of seeking a magic formula. Raúl Vilchis, New York Times, "Mexico Wages a Psychological Battle Against Its World Cup Demons," 6 June 2018 Its exotic whisper of garam masala, balanced by the berry’s sweetness and a tart squirt of lemon, is the magic touch that lifts a simple fresh-roasted turkey sandwich to something special. Craig Laban,, "Middle Child a bright new player in luncheonette revival," 25 May 2018 The clock is ticking faster for Elon Musk’s company, our Heard on the Street columnist Charley Grant writes, as Tesla’s magic touch with the capital markets appears to be fading fast. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 29 Mar. 2018 How about taking your drinkware on a magic carpet ride? Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Mug Rugs Are the New Coasters, Mark My Words," 12 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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