talisman[tal′is mən, -iz-]
This rabbit's foot is an example of a talisman.
A rabbit's foot is an example of a talisman.
- 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 of talismanFrench ; from Arabic ṭilasm, magic figure, horoscope ; from Medieval Greek telesma, consecrated object (hence, one with power to avert evil) ; from Late Greek religious rite ; from Classical Greek telein, to initiate, origin, originally , to complete ; from telos, an end: see telo-
- An object marked with magic signs and believed to confer on its bearer supernatural powers or protection.
- Something that apparently has magic power.
Origin of talismanUltimately (probably via French talisman) from alteration of Arabic &tlowdot;ilasmāt, pl. of &tlowdot;ilasm, talisman, from Late Greek telesma, from Greek telein, to fulfill, consecrate, endow with magic power, from telos, result; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots.
French talisman partly from Arabic Ø·Ù„Ø³Ù… (á¹Ãlasm), from Ancient Greek Ï„ÎÎ»ÎµÏƒÎ¼Î± (telesma, “payment"); and partly directly from Byzantine Greek Ï„ÎÎ»ÎµÏƒÎ¼Î± (telesma, “talisman, religious rite, completion"), from Ï„ÎµÎ»ÎÏ‰ (teleÅ, “to perform religious rites, to complete"), from Ï„ÎÎ»Î¿Ï‚ (telos, “end, fulfillment, accomplishment, consummation, completion").