Definitions for abracadabraˌæb rə kəˈdæb rə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ab•ra•ca•dab•raˌæb rə kəˈdæb rə(n.)

  1. a mystical word used in incantations, on amulets, etc., as a magical means of warding off misfortune, harm, or illness.

  2. any charm or incantation using nonsensical or supposedly magical words.

  3. meaningless talk; gibberish; nonsense.

Origin of abracadabra:

1690–1700; < LL, prob. < LGk

Princeton's WordNet

  1. abracadabra(noun)

    gibberish and nonsense

Wiktionary

  1. abracadabra(Noun)

    A mystical word or collocation of letters from kabbalism, said to ward off disease or disaster.

  2. abracadabra(Noun)

    Complicated technicalities, jargon that one does not understand much if at all.

    I donu2019t know all the theoretical abracadabra about how it works, Iu2019m only its pilot.

  3. abracadabra(Interjection)

    Used to indicate that a magic trick or other illusion has been performed.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abracadabra(noun)

    a mystical word or collocation of letters written as in the figure. Worn on an amulet it was supposed to ward off fever. At present the word is used chiefly in jest to denote something without meaning; jargon

Freebase

  1. Abracadabra

    Abracadabra is an incantation used as a magic word in stage magic tricks, and historically was believed to have healing powers when inscribed on an amulet. The word is thought to have its origin in the Aramaic language, but numerous, conflicting folk etymologies are associated with it. Many consider that the word “Abracadabra” is actually a Hebrew phrase meaning “I create what I speak.”

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