from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or practice of foretelling the future by drawing lots.
- n. Sorcery; witchcraft.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Witchcraft, magic, especially as a means of making decisions or predictions.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or practice of drawing lots; divination by drawing lots.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act, practice, or art of drawing lots; interpretation, divination, or decision by lot; hence, loosely, sorcery; magic.
Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin sortilegium, from sortilegus, diviner : Latin sors, sort-, lot; see ser-2 in Indo-European roots + Latin legere, to read; see leg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French sortilège, from mediæval Latin sortilegium, from Latin sortilegus ("sorcerer, diviner"), from sors ("sort") + legere ("choose") (Wiktionary)