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Princeton's WordNet

  1. open sesame(noun)

    any very successful means of achieving a result

  2. open sesame(noun)

    a magical command; used by Ali Baba


  1. open sesame(Noun)

    Any successful means of achieving a result, especially means that are magical or technical, or otherwise beyond the understanding of most people.

  2. open sesame(Interjection)

    Open up!

  3. 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.


  1. Open Sesame

    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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of open sesame in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of open sesame in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William Osler:

    Work is the open sesame of every portal, the great equalizer in the world, the true philosopher's stone which transmutes all the base metal of humanity into gold.

  2. 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.

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