- The definition of a talisman is an object believed to bring good luck.
A rabbit's foot is an example of a talisman.
This rabbit's foot is an example of a talisman.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- something, as a ring or stone, bearing engraved figures or symbols thought to bring good luck, keep away evil, etc.; amulet
- anything thought to have magic power; a charm
Origin: Fr from Arabic ṭilasm, magic figure, horoscope from Medieval Greek telesma, consecrated object (hence, one with power to avert evil) from LGr, religious rite from Glassical Greek telein, to initiate, origin, originally , to complete from telos, an end: see telo-
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noun pl. tal·is·mans
- An object marked with magic signs and believed to confer on its bearer supernatural powers or protection.
- Something that apparently has magic power.
Origin: French talisman or Spanish talismán or Italian talismano, all from Arabic ṭilasm, from Late Greek telesma, from Greek, consecration ceremony, from telein, to consecrate, fulfill, from telos, result; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots.