from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An object marked with magic signs and believed to confer on its bearer supernatural powers or protection.
- n. Something that apparently has magic power.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A magical figure cut or engraved under certain superstitious observances of the configuration of the heavens, to which wonderful effects are ascribed; the seal, figure, character, or image, of a heavenly sign, constellation, or planet, engraved on a sympathetic stone, or on a metal corresponding to the star, in order to receive its influence.
- n. Hence, something that produces extraordinary effects, esp. in averting or repelling evil; an amulet; a charm.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A supposed charm consisting of a magical figure cut or engraved under certain superstitious observances of the configuration of the heavens; the seal, figure, character, or image of a heavenly sign, constellation, or planet engraved on a sympathetic stone, or on a metal corresponding to the star, in order to receive its influence.
- n. Figuratively, any means to the attainment of extraordinary results; a charm.
- n. Synonyms See amulet, and definition of phylactery.
- n. A Mohammedan priest.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a trinket or piece of jewelry usually hung about the neck and thought to be a magical protection against evil or disease
French talisman or Spanish talismán or Italian talismano, all from Arabic ṭilasm, from Late Greek telesma, from Greek, consecration ceremony, from telein, to consecrate, fulfill, from telos, result.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French talisman partly from Arabic طلسم (ṭílasm), from Ancient Greek τέλεσμα (telesma, "payment"); and partly directly from Byzantine Greek τέλεσμα ("talisman, religious rite, completion"), from τελέω ("to perform religious rites, to complete"), from τέλος ("end, fulfillment, accomplishment, consummation, completion"). (Wiktionary)