Definition of conjuror in English:


(also conjurer)


  • A performer of conjuring tricks.

    • ‘Street conjurers, tattooed with magic spells, roamed throughout the ancient world.’
    • ‘Afterwards they were entertained by a conjuror and a mind-reading act.’
    • ‘The main theme of the magic show, performed by the conjurer and his group at the Collectorate, was to foster communal harmony and national integration.’
    • ‘In the gradual manufacture of an illusion, the conjurer is only the instrument of the audience.’
    • ‘Do you see yourself/the publisher as a magician, a conjurer?’
    • ‘I judged the fellows to be strolling conjurors, and the boy with the bag to be carrying the tools of their trade.’
    • ‘Other cheaters use Morse code with coins and various other tricks known to conjurers.’
    • ‘Street conjurors in India (jadu-wallahs) perform this trick by preparing small pellets of ashes and concealing them at the base of their fingers, then working their fists to powder the pellets and produce the flow of fine ash.’
    • ‘And, ‘people of unimpeachable character’ have also reported that I and many other conjurors performed many miracles, over the years, and they were quite wrong.’
    • ‘Mostly, though, movement was all; it was like a conjuror's trick: it blurred the reality.’
    • ‘Similarly, they used it to combat the various tricks of magicians and conjurers and to create love or hatred between people.’
    • ‘The one answer I had a hundred times in that hour to offer the interviewees was quite simple: ‘If you had seen those same phenomena performed by a stage conjurer, how would you respond?’’
    • ‘As well as being a comedian, he is considered one of the country's best magicians, certainly one of its sharpest card conjurors.’
    • ‘And on this ship was a magician, a conjurer, whose function was to entertain the passengers.’
    • ‘A single act of the conjurer entertains his audience.’
    • ‘The conjuror defies us to discern how the trick is done.’
    • ‘The sign features strongly in the charts of those who are light on their feet or slight of hand, being traditionally associated with athletes and gymnasts, magicians, conjurers, tricksters, conmen and and pickpockets!’
    • ‘Some conjurers are even said to levitate or to have performed the famous Indian rope trick.’
    • ‘To perform this work, slave healers (midwives, conjurors, diviners, and herbalists) selected from among a lengthy menu of strategies.’
    • ‘Used to be you could go to a nightclub and see a comedian, a brass band and a conjuror for the price of a couple drinks.’
    magician, illusionist
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Middle English: partly from conjure, partly from Old French conjureor, conjurere, from medieval Latin conjurator, from Latin conjurare ‘conspire’ (see conjure).