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

This has everything a YA fantasy should: an intriguing world, unique magic, a slow(ish)-burn romance between a noble and a not-so-noble. Caroline Tew,, "EW talks YA: One of our favorite teen tales of the year takes July's top spot," 2 Aug. 2019 The undeniable magic of the movie, but also a nagging sense of strain and misdirection throughout, comes from its telling of a seductive lie: that the boundary between what happens in fiction and in nonfiction is not permeable. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Quentin Tarantino’s Ultimate Statement on Movie Violence," 2 Aug. 2019 Works like magic, and sure beats hosing or vacuuming. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Power play," 1 Aug. 2019 The empire specializes in magic, the kingdom focuses on lancers, while the alliance touts the best archers. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Fire Emblem: Three Houses’ has foundation built on characters," 26 July 2019 Surely, there's some strange magic at play, because as soon as this Canadian producer hit the scene, fans were fully hooked. Kat Bein, Billboard, "The 10 Best Rezz Songs," 23 July 2019 This was about genius, and even magic, that stood the test of time. Mike Lupica,, "’I was ready to pitch all night’: Only Mariano Rivera could save the Yankees," 22 July 2019 And on Saturday Cincinnati Circus puts on a free show with whip cracking, juggling, magic, aerial acrobats, a bed of nails and audience participation., "Butler County Fair runs July 21-27 at fairgrounds in Hamilton," 18 July 2019 Anyone who's visited Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island remembers the magic of the legendary lodging: the 660-foot porch, the rich landscaping and flowers, the hospitality and the unparalleled views of the Straits. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel wasn't so grand until he arrived," 18 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But the partial veto cannot act as a magic wand, creating new laws out of whole cloth. Washington Post, "Conservative lawsuit challenges Wisconsin governor’s vetoes," 31 July 2019 Each kid seemed to be jolted by a magic wand at the first sight of the small lake. Tom Stienstra,, "California kids connect on a world-class Trinity-Divide hike," 19 July 2019 All along, the show has faced the problem of seeming to portray five magic gay guys sprinkling fairy dust (and cash) around. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Happens When Queer Eye’s Experts Get Personal," 23 July 2019 And there would be magic to these few minutes at the end of the game, with The Babe of the bottom of the ninth. Mike Lupica,, "’I was ready to pitch all night’: Only Mariano Rivera could save the Yankees," 22 July 2019 Even if those footprints are covered in moon dust, my dad’s words are still with me as is that magic night in a local tavern literally watching the men in the moon. Ray San Fratello,, "Apollo 11 memories: Even if those footprints are covered in moon dust...," 20 July 2019 Together, these six states — Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — are best-positioned to decide which candidate reaches the magic 270 Electoral votes. David Wasserman, NBC News, "How Trump could lose by 5 million votes and still win in 2020," 19 July 2019 The show went to a virtual matrix universe where everyone was a bad guy, and the Big Bad was a magic robot lady. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "So Long, You Weird, Space-Time-Defying Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," 19 July 2019 Downing a magic potion, viewers are transported to Hayley's daydreams, which includes some serious dance moves and the appearance of a magical girl that quickly vanishes. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Hayley Kiyoko Released the Video for Her New Single “I Wish”," 18 July 2019

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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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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