Talisman meaning

tălĭs-mən, -ĭz-
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The definition of a talisman is an object believed to bring good luck.

A rabbit's foot is an example of a talisman.

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Anything thought to have magic power; a charm.
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A magical object worn for protection against ill will, or the supernatural, or to confer the wearer with a boon such as good luck, good health, or power(s).
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Something, as a ring or stone, bearing engraved figures or symbols thought to bring good luck, keep away evil, etc.; amulet.
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An object marked with magic signs and believed to confer on its bearer supernatural powers or protection.
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Something that apparently has magic power.
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Origin of talisman

  • Ultimately (probably via French talisman) from alteration of Arabic ṭilasmāt pl. of ṭilasm talisman from Late Greek telesma from Greek telein to fulfill, consecrate, endow with magic power from telos result kwel-1 in Indo-European roots

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

  • French talisman partly from Arabic طلسم (ṭílasm), from Ancient Greek τέλεσμα (telesma, “payment"); and partly directly from Byzantine Greek τέλεσμα (telesma, “talisman, religious rite, completion"), from τελέω (teleō, “to perform religious rites, to complete"), from τέλος (telos, “end, fulfillment, accomplishment, consummation, completion").

    From Wiktionary