mag·​ic | \ˈma-jik \

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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Other Words from magic


magical \ˈma-​ji-​kəl \ adjective
magically \-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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

Ezra Miller and Eddie Redmayne are teaming up to create a new kind of magic. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, ""Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald" Stars Ezra Miller and Eddie Redmayne Compete In Teen Vogue's Compliment Battle," 15 Nov. 2018 All of the unsaturated fats, fiber, and phytochemicals (biologically active components of plants) in avocados work a lot of magic. Caroline Walder, Good Housekeeping, "Why You Should Eat Avocado Every Single Day," 26 Sep. 2018 With so many pieces to choose from, your teen can deck out their entire space with nods to their favorite character, or add just a small dose of magic with accessories like their Golden Snitch Clock. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Pottery Barn's Magical New Harry Potter Collection Is Finally Here," 31 Aug. 2018 Years later, their mother Kendra dies in an accidental outburst of magic from Ariana, leaving Albus in charge of the family. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "This Link Between “Harry Potter” and “Fantastic Beasts” Will Seriously Blow Your Mind," 23 Aug. 2018 Whatever the reason, that little bit of movie magic was all the film needed to achieve two things: to reveal Rachel’s playful side, and to mark a character transformation moment. Andrea Cheng, Glamour, "The Best Part of the Crazy Rich Asians Fashion Is the Revival of the Getting-Dressed Montage," 17 Aug. 2018 Today’s Amazon is one of Big Tech’s five giants, with plenty to lose if the magic of Amazon shares wears off. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "What might be behind the latest twist on Amazon’s HQ2(s)," 6 Nov. 2018 During the party planning, Elizabeth reminds the Scrooge-like Darcy of the magic of Christmas—and the power of falling in love. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'Christmas at Pemberley Manor' Was Filmed in This Connecticut Town You Can Visit," 27 Oct. 2018 Part of the magic of the day is the secrecy leading up to it. Nicole Spector /, NBC News, "How to get the most out of Amazon Prime Day without overspending," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Movie review Imagine being wowed at a magic show, only to have the magician explain how every single trick worked. J.r. Kinnard, The Seattle Times, "‘Bad Times at the El Royale’: First-rate cast checks in, but plot twists fizzle out," 8 Oct. 2018 There’s no magic number of nocturnal awakenings that is inherently problematic. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "How Many Times Is It Normal to Wake Up at Night?," 27 Sep. 2018 First, my 13-year-old son saw some YouTube video that taught people how to throw cards, like in a magic show. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "Road trip essentials: Clean utensils and a deck of cards?," 16 June 2018 This family-friendly event boasts treats, a magic show and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what’s happening around Anchorage for Easter," 30 Mar. 2018 The festivities also included a magic show, a face painting station, DIY mask-making as well as a menu featuring an assortment of mini sliders, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, popcorn and birthday cake. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Rachel Zoe Celebrates Son Skyler's 7th Birthday with the 'Most Magical Carnival'," 27 Mar. 2018 Frankfort Lunch with the Bunny from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 24 at the Founders Community Center, 140 Oak St., includes a magic show and goodie bag. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "Make plans for egg hunts, Bunny brunches and Hoppy Hours across the Southland," 15 Mar. 2018 And while Nagini may have been missing from the hypnotizing number, Florida/Voldemort had something else up their sleeve: none other than a magic wand. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Drag Performer Florida Man Slays Ariana Grande's "Dangerous Woman" as Lady Voldemort from "Harry Potter"," 8 Oct. 2018 That magic wand has Whitnall eyeing its first state tournament appearance since 1995. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "For Whitnall softball, big bats and big laughs are at the center of success," 16 May 2018

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'magic.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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


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 \

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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