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!”

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  • 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


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


  • The table was laid in Anne de Bretagne's council-chamber, its stone walls covered with archaic figures, and it must have been a picturesque sight to see the bishops sitting in all their splendor against that ancient background; but what I most remember are the stories they told of Louis XI and his misdeeds, which seemed to me more interesting and more cruel than the Arabian Nights and Ali Baba and his forty thieves.

    A Childhood in Brittany Eighty Years Ago

  • Ali Baba and the Envious Sisters, suggesting that the Frenchman had heard these paramythia in Levantine coffee-houses and had inserted them into his unequalled corpus fabularum.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night


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