Open Sesame Definition

sesəmē
noun
A simple, trusty means of attaining a goal.
American Heritage
Any unfailing means of gaining admission or achieving some other end.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Open Sesame

Noun

Singular:
open sesame
Plural:
open-sesames

Origin of Open Sesame

  • From its use in Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, translating French Sésame, ouvre-toi in Antoine Galland's version of the Ali Baba story in the One Thousand and One Nights, possibly based on an oral Arabic source.

    From Wiktionary

  • From the magical formula Open Sesame used by Ali Baba in the Arabian Nights to open the door of the robbers' cave

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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