from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who proffers some illusory advantage or benefit. Also used as an adj.: Barmecidal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who offers imaginary food or illusory benefits: in allusion to the story, told in the Arabian Nights, of a member of the Barmecide family of Bagdad, who on one occasion placed a succession of empty dishes before a beggar, pretending that they contained a sumptuous repast, a fiction which the beggar humorously accepted.
- Like, or like the entertainment of, the Barmecide of the story; hence, unreal, sham, illusory, etc.: as, “my Barmecide friend,”
- a Barmecide feast or repast.
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