Ali Baba[ä′lē bä′bə, al′ē bab′ə]
in The Arabian Nights, a poor woodcutter who accidentally discovers the treasure of a band of forty thieves in a cave: he makes the door of the cave open by saying “Open sesame!”
A poor woodcutter in the Arabian Nights who gains entrance to the treasure cave of the 40 thieves by saying the magic words “Open, Sesame!”
- The fictional protagonist of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, famous for his encounter with forty thieves and their treasure trove cave that opens on the command "open sesame".
- (slang) An extremely lucky person, especially one who acquires a large fortune by luck or by chance.
- (slang, ethnic slur, US, military) An Iraqi.
From Arabic علي بابا (ʿalī bābā).