from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Sleight of hand.
- n. A show of skill or deceitful cleverness: financial legerdemain.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Sleight of hand; "magic" trickery
- n. A show of skill or deceitful ability
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Sleight of hand; a trick of sleight of hand; hence, any artful deception or trick.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Sleight of hand; a deceptive performance or trick which depends on dexterity of hand; fallacious adroitness, trickery, or deception generally.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
Middle English legerdemayn, from Old French leger de main : leger, light (from Vulgar Latin *leviārius, from Latin levis; see legwh- in Indo-European roots) + de, of (from Latin dē; see de-) + main, hand; see mortmain.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French léger de main (literally "light (weight) of hand"). (Wiktionary)