talisman

noun
tal·​is·​man | \ ˈta-ləs-mən How to pronounce talisman (audio) , -ləz- \
plural talismans

Definition of talisman

1 : an object held to act as a charm to avert evil and bring good fortune
2 : something producing apparently magical or miraculous effects

Other Words from talisman

talismanic \ ˌta-​ləs-​ˈma-​nik How to pronounce talisman (audio) , -​ləz-​ \ adjective
talismanically \ ˌta-​ləs-​ˈma-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce talisman (audio) , -​ləz-​ \ adverb

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The English language may have borrowed talisman from French, Spanish, or Italian; all three include similar-looking words for a lucky charm that derive from an Arabic word for a charm, ṭilsam. Ṭilsam traces to ancient Greek telein, which means "to initiate into the mysteries."

Examples of talisman in a Sentence

a pendant of white nephrite jade is often worn by Indians as a talisman to ward off heart disease
Recent Examples on the Web Not that any of these practicalities make the heartbreak for Leeds United fans at losing their talisman any less painful. Zak Garner-purkis, Forbes, 26 June 2022 For now, a talisman — a bouquet of willow branches, a symbol of survival — is visible beneath the windshield. Rick Noack And Sandra Mehl, Anchorage Daily News, 13 May 2022 By featuring 'Running Up That Hill' in such a positive light — as a talisman for Max (one of the main female characters) — the song has been brought into the emotional arena of her story. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 20 June 2022 It’s written and drawn by one central character, and gets passed down to others like a cultural talisman. Bob Verini, Variety, 13 June 2022 The chest-puffing point guard is the talisman for this team, an ultimate believer in himself who never backs down from anyone or any challenge. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 14 May 2022 For now, a talisman — a bouquet of willow branches, a symbol of survival — is visible beneath the windshield. Rick Noack And Sandra Mehl, Anchorage Daily News, 13 May 2022 Ben Stokes, England’s talisman, is almost surely set to be be named his country’s new Test captain. Tristan Lavalette, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 For now, a talisman — a bouquet of willow branches, a symbol of survival — is visible beneath the windshield. Rick Noack And Sandra Mehl, Anchorage Daily News, 13 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of talisman

1638, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for talisman

French talisman or Spanish talismán or Italian talismano; all from Arabic ṭilsam, from Middle Greek telesma, from Greek, consecration, from telein to initiate into the mysteries, complete, from telos end — more at telos

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8 Aug 2022

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“Talisman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/talisman. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for talisman

talisman

noun
tal·​is·​man | \ ˈta-lə-smən How to pronounce talisman (audio) \
plural talismans

Kids Definition of talisman

: a ring or stone carved with symbols and believed to have magical powers : charm

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