Definitions for open sesame
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
any marvelously effective means for bringing about a desired result.
Origin of open sesame:
1785–95; from the use of these words by Ali Baba to open the door of the robbers' den in the Arabian Nights tale “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves”
any very successful means of achieving a result
a magical command; used by Ali Baba
Any successful means of achieving a result, especially means that are magical or technical, or otherwise beyond the understanding of most people.
Origin: Translating Sésame ouvre-toi, in Galland's version of the Ali Baba story in the One Thousand and One Nights, apparently based on an oral source.
Open Sesame is a children's television series composed solely of the skits and segments of the long-running American television series Sesame Street. While some countries air the American program in whole, and some create their own versions of the show, many more air this title of loosely associated skits, as Open Sesame. The name is a pun based on the magic words "Open sesame" which are used in the legend of Ali Baba.
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