Definitions for talismanˈtæl ɪs mən, -ɪz-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
tal•is•manˈtæl ɪs mən, -ɪz-(n.)(pl.)-mans.
an object engraved with figures supposed to possess occult powers, worn as a charm.
anything that exercises a powerful influence.
Origin of talisman:
1630–40; < F or Sp 蠐 Ar ṭilasm < Gk télesma payment
a trinket or piece of jewelry usually hung about the neck and thought to be a magical protection against evil or disease
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).
Origin: talisman partly from طلسم, from τέλεσμα; and partly directly from τέλεσμα, from τελέω, from τέλος.
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
hence, something that produces extraordinary effects, esp. in averting or repelling evil; an amulet; a charm; as, a talisman to avert diseases
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a magical figure of an astrological nature carved on a stone or piece of metal under certain superstitious observances, to which certain wonderful effects are ascribed; is of the nature of a charm to avert evil.
Translations for talisman
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
an object which is supposed to have magic powers to protect its owner; a charm
He had a rabbit's foot which he wore round his neck as a talisman.
- طَلْسَم، تَعْويذَهArabic
- talismãPortuguese (BR)
- der TalismanGerman
- talisman; amuletDanish
- φυλαχτό, γούριGreek
- talisman, amajlijaCroatian
- azimat, tangkalMalay
- amulett, talismanNorwegian
- 護身符Chinese (Trad.)
- 护身符Chinese (Simp.)
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