Definitions for talismanˈtæl ɪs mən, -ɪz-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tal•is•manˈtæl ɪs mən, -ɪz-(n.)(pl.)-mans.

  1. an object engraved with figures supposed to possess occult powers, worn as a charm.

  2. anything that exercises a powerful influence.

Origin of talisman:

1630–40; < F or Sp 蠐 Ar ṭilasm < Gk télesma payment

tal`is•man′ic-ˈmæn ɪk(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. amulet, talisman(noun)

    a trinket or piece of jewelry usually hung about the neck and thought to be a magical protection against evil or disease


  1. talisman(Noun)

    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).

  2. Origin: talisman partly from طلسم, from τέλεσμα; and partly directly from τέλεσμα, from τελέω, from τέλος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Talisman(noun)

    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

  2. Talisman(noun)

    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

  1. Talisman

    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.

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