Definition of talisman noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtælɪzmən//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtælɪzmən//
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an object that is thought to have magic powers and to bring good luck Wordfinderamulet, charm, coincidence, fate, fortune, jinx, luck, mascot, superstition, talisman Word Originmid 17th cent.: based on Arabic ṭilsam, apparently from an alteration of late Greek telesma ‘completion, religious rite’, from telein ‘complete, perform a rite’, from telos ‘result, end’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: talisman