- Legerdemain is defined as trickery or magic, or using your hands skillfully to perform tricks.
When a magician is quick with his hands and is able to deceive you into believing he is making magic, this is an example of legerdemain.
legerdemain definition by Webster's New World
- sleight of hand; skill of a stage magician
- trickery of any sort; deceit
Origin: Middle English ; from Middle French leger de main, literally , light of hand ; from leger (; from Late Latin an unverified form levarius ; from Classical Latin levis, light) plush de (; from Classical Latin de, of, from) plush main ; from Classical Latin manus, hand
legerdemain definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Sleight of hand.
- A show of skill or deceitful cleverness: financial legerdemain.
Origin: Middle English legerdemayn, from Old French leger de main : leger, light (from Vulgar Latin *leviārius, from Latin levis; see legwh- in Indo-European roots) + de, of (from Latin dē; see de-) + main, hand; see mortmain.