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

Sometimes, a day comes along that seems possessed by a certain shade of magic. David Canfield,, "First look: Marie Lu turns to historical fiction in brand-new YA fantasy The Kingdom of Back," 28 June 2019 Where Pokémon Go requires players to actually walk around with the app open to locate monsters to catch in various real-world locations, Wizards Unite has them looking for traces of magic. Allegra Frank, Vox, "The makers of Pokémon Go just released a Harry Potter game that swaps monsters for magic," 20 June 2019 But in this tournament, those moments of magic turned into disaster, and AU’s trip to the CWS ended with two losses in two games. Sam Blum |,, "Auburn’s run comes to disappointing end in winless College World Series," 19 June 2019 Griffith, a native of Hyde Park, started playing comedy clubs after his love of magic faded. Darcel Rockett,, "Chicago comedian Anthony Griffith reflects on loss and laughter," 11 June 2019 In the age of Amazon, its status as a literary cultural institution in the heart of New York City feels like a feat of magic. Mitchell Kuga, Condé Nast Traveler, "Writing My Love Story at the Strand, New York’s Most Iconic Bookstore," 3 June 2019 All the effort would have been in vain if Perry’s look didn’t have a final touch of magic: a working light fixture beneath the layers of sparkle. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Katy Perry Gets “Lit” on the Met Gala Red Carpet," 6 May 2019 Still, there’s plenty of magic to be had in autumn — a campfire crackling on a chilly evening, an apple pie spiced just right with cinnamon, or, say, a wedding. Beth Dreher, Woman's Day, "Meet the Woman Who Stands In at LGBTQ Weddings," 4 May 2019 Using some sort of magic, Etsy shop IME JEWELRY copies your handwriting to make this one-of-a-kind, best-selling piece. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Handwriting Bracelets Are the Perfect Gift for Mom," 20 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Since debuting two years ago, it has been downloaded 950 million times—mostly by teens seeking snippets of entertainment or looking to share their own rapping, dancing, or magic skills with the world. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Can TikTok Turn 950 Million Downloads Into a Booming Business?," 26 June 2019 Lore leaves Vienna on the first train out, clutching a sausage snack from her mother like a magic talisman. Madeleine Schwartz, Harper's magazine, "Warm, Weird, Effervescent," 10 June 2019 The drink, called Seven Roots, looks like a magic potion Gargamel would use to catch the Smurfs. National Geographic, "Poaching threatens South America's only bear species," 31 May 2019 Skinny is not magic — living a healthy life with food is. Ellen Ricks, Teen Vogue, "Watching Netflix's Insatiable as an Eating Disorder Survivor Triggered Me," 17 Aug. 2018 The work is not magic—a matter of tools and time, patience, practice and desire. Nina Maclaughlin, WSJ, "‘Making Things Right’ Review: How to Build a Life," 3 May 2018 Unfortunately, no magic wand exists to transform mathematics in public education. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Your Say: How can we improve public education?," 14 June 2019 Recent legacy-shoring efforts such as his 2016 memoir and his Broadway one-man show (and resulting Netflix special) have made a point of exposing the magic trick that Springsteen performs again and again: play-acting with archetypes. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Bruce Springsteen Takes His Car to the Old Town Road," 13 June 2019 Haunted houses, graveyards, and magic tricks all come with the price of admission, and for Korins, a Tony Award might prove to be part of the bargain as well. Ben Zauzmer, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tony Awards: Predicting the Musical Winners Using Math," 7 June 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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