- 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.
talisman definition by Webster's New World
- 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: French ; 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-
talisman definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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.