Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A poor woodcutter in the Arabian Nights who gains entrance to the treasure cave of the 40 thieves by saying the magic words "Open, Sesame!”

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The fictional protagonist of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, famous for his encounter with forty thieves and their treasure trove cave that opens on the command "open sesame".
  • proper n. An extremely lucky person, especially one who acquires a large fortune by luck or by chance.
  • proper n. An Iraqi.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the fictional woodcutter who discovered that `open sesame' opened a cave in the Arabian Nights' Entertainment

Etymologies

From Arabic علي بابا (ʿalī bābā). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • These technology companies going before Congress and the Congressmen shaking their finger about them doing business in China and you know Yahoo! is a little different because they do have this company called Ali Baba, which is a Chinese company that runs their business there, so they're really beholden to whatever the Chinese government does.

    CNN Transcript Feb 18, 2006

  • A lot of that traces to the failure on April 9th to establish immediately physical security in Iraq -- the unparalleled looting and destruction, a lot of which was directly intentional, designed by the security services to cover the tracks of the Iraq WMD program and their other programs as well, a lot of which was what we simply called Ali Baba looting.

    CNN Transcript Jan 28, 2004

  • Suliman and the other little gutter-snipe proceeded to make friends with the whole gang promptly, giving as good as they got in the way of repartee, and nearly starting a riot until Grim called Ali Baba into the dining-room, where de Crespigny was shaking up the second round of warm cocktails in a beer-bottle.

    The Lion of Petra

  • "Is it well?" called Ali Baba, watching on the ridge of a dune, and coming to life like a heron as soon as we drew near.

    The Lion of Petra

  • Both of these sketches are examples of what maybe termed Ali Baba's contemplative mood, the villager's life being revealed to us in all its pathos and interest, otherwise than through an atmosphere of statistics and reports -- the daily life of probably two hundred million of the inhabitants of India.

    Twenty-One Days in India; and, the Teapot Series

  • Among those joining was a popular comedian who goes by the stage name Ali Baba.

    SFGate: Don Asmussen: Bad Reporter

  • Meanwhile: The vacant Lakewood location will become home to Ali Baba, which is shutting down its

    PegasusNews.com stories

  • Meet my buddy the assistant camera boy ... aka the Ali Baba kid.

    Mudville Gazette

  • They do have an adequate array of spreads and bagel varieties, including a few unique items such as a delicious-looking bagel called the Ali Baba, involving walnuts and chocolate chips.

    The Bwog

  • Cassim left Ali Baba, meaning to be beforehand with him and get the treasure for himself.

    The Blue Fairy Book

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