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

The second half of the fable takes us to lower altitudes, and there, it must be said, some of the magic evaporates. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Ad Astra” Will Leave You Awed, Confused, and Sad," 13 Sep. 2019 In the final minute of the first half, Littleford found a bit of magic on a 52-yard run. Nathan Cambridge, Burbank Leader, "Burbank football ends nonleague schedule with loss to Hart," 13 Sep. 2019 Paint restorers, plaster artisans, lighting experts and people with an appreciation for history have worked all sorts of magic. Jacques Kelly,, "Baltimore’s Pratt Central Library emerges from renovation with its beauties intact," 13 Sep. 2019 And some of the old magic bleeds through in the strangest places., "The Pixies’ ‘Eyrie’ offers only glimpses of the old magic - The Boston Globe," 12 Sep. 2019 That kind of transformative magic requires a few rules, yes. Joy Wilson, Washington Post, "Get Voraciously’s Baking Basics newsletter and learn the techniques that make baking a piece of cake," 10 Sep. 2019 Greg Robinson has lost a little of the magic that got him through the final eight games in 2018. Dan Labbe,, "Browns starting defensive line delivers against Buccaneers: Dan Labbe’s instant observations," 23 Aug. 2019 Yes, every team in the league is trying to re-create a bit of the magic that turned around the Rams, who were a 4-12 team in 2016, but have improved 11-5 in 2017 and a Super Bowl appearance in 2018 under McVay. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: All jokes aside, Jon Gruden’s Raiders’ offense is worth your optimism," 15 Aug. 2019 In this installment, Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven travel north from their home to search for the source of Elsa’s magic. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "The 32 Most Anticipated Movies of Fall 2019," 7 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Cost: $125 for five weeks, plus $25 for a magic kit to take home., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 16 Sep. 2019 Guests who purchase Disney MaxPass receive unlimited digital downloads of Disney PhotoPass photos throughout their day, including these seasonal magic shots. Advertorial, Orange County Register, "Tips From Disney Expert: 13 ‘Spooktacular’ Photo Moments During Halloween Time," 15 Sep. 2019 The promise of kiteboarding is that a wind strong enough to draw small whitecaps from the water can take you on a magic-carpet ride. James Somers, The New Yorker, "How Hackers Won the Water," 13 Sep. 2019 The sale is running from now through August 25; just use the magic word CELEBRATE at checkout to get in on deals. Glamour, "Dermstore's Anniversary Sale Has So Many Great Beauty Deals," 16 Aug. 2019 The front of the store is characteristic of a cool specialty toy store, but this one has a magic door that opens up into Base Camp filled with themed play areas where merchandise for sale isn't on shelves. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Retail Therapy: NYC's Camp experience store coming to Dallas. Shop now tax free in Texas.," 9 Aug. 2019 In terms of Disney's dominance, though, that's the tip of the magic-carpet ride. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Disney dwarfing rivals as 'Toy Story 4' storms box office," 22 June 2019 But feel free to hop on a flight — via magic carpet, of course — to go grab it. Marci Robin, Allure, "There’s Another Aladdin Makeup Collection on the Market — But There's a Catch," 23 May 2019 Rihanna has spent the afternoon here giving one-on-one presentations, floating from rack to rack on her pointy-toe stiletto heels as if by magic carpet, and is clearly proud of her new work. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "Rihanna on Her Debut Fenty Collection—And Making History Two-Times Over," 23 May 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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