What does TALISMAN mean?

Definitions for TALISMAN
ˈtæl ɪs mən, -ɪz-tal·is·man

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. amulet, talismannoun

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


  1. talismannoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Talismannoun

    A magical character.

    Etymology: I know not whence derived: τέλεσμα, Stephen Skinner .

    If the physicians would forbid us to pronounce gout, rheumatism, and stone, would that serve like so many talismans to destroy the diseases. Jonathan Swift.

    Of talismans and sigils knew the power,
    And careful watch’d the planetary hour. Alexander Pope.


  1. Talisman

    A talisman is any object ascribed with religious or magical powers intended to protect, heal, or harm individuals for whom they are made. Talismans are often portable objects carried on someone in a variety of ways, but can also be installed permanently in architecture. Talismans are closely linked with amulets, fulfilling many of the same roles, but a key difference is in their form and materiality, with talismans often taking the form of objects (eg., clothing, weaponry, or parchment) which are inscribed with magic texts.Talismans have been used in many civilizations throughout history, with connections to astrological, scientific, and religious practices; but the theory around preparation and use has changed in some cultures with more recent, new age, talismanic theory. Talismans are used for a wide array of functions, such as: the personal protection of the wearer, loved ones or belongings, aiding in fertility, and helping crop production.


  1. talisman

    A talisman is an object, often a piece of jewelry, stone, or amulet, believed to hold magical properties that provide good luck for the possessor or offer protection from a possible evil or harm.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Talismannoun

    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. Talismannoun

    hence, something that produces extraordinary effects, esp. in averting or repelling evil; an amulet; a charm; as, a talisman to avert diseases

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Talisman

    tal′is-man, n. a species of charm engraved on metal or stone when two planets are in conjunction, or when a star is at its culminating point, and supposed to exert some protective influence over the wearer of it: (fig.) something that produces extraordinary effects:—pl. Tal′ismans.—adjs. Talisman′ic, -al, pertaining to, or having the properties of, a talisman: magical. [Fr.,—Ar. tilsam—Late Ger. telesma, consecration, incantation—Gr. telein, to consecrate.]

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.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Talisman is ranked #145220 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Talisman surname appeared 114 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Talisman.

    95.6% or 109 total occurrences were White.

Anagrams for TALISMAN »

  1. staminal

  2. tailsman

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of TALISMAN in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of TALISMAN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of TALISMAN in a Sentence

  1. Elizabeth Cady Stanton:

    Love is the vital essence that pervades and permeates, from the center to the circumference, the graduating circles of all thought and action. Love is the talisman of human weal and woe--the open sesame to every soul.

  2. John Quincy Adams:

    Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.

  3. Golden State talisman Stephen Curry:

    I hold Golden State talisman Stephen Curry to a high standard and my team mates hold me to that standard, we're a confident basketball team.

  4. Dorthea Bragg:

    All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this Act as if it were impossible to fail. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right-about-face which turns us from failure towards success.

  5. John Ing:

    The much beleaguered energy group on the heels of the Talisman takeover is drawing attention to the undervalued nature of the oil patch and so you're seeing an uptick of this very sorry group.

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