Barmecide (feast)Bar·mecide· [feast]
- a pretended feast with no food
- any pretended or illusory generosity or hospitality
Origin of Barmecide (feast)after a prince in The Arabian Nights who served such a feast
(plural Barmecide feasts)
- Something that promises much but delivers nothing; an illusion.
From a tale in the Arabian Nights in which a rich man serves a beggar an imaginary banquet; see Barmecide.