Definition of talisman in English:

talisman

noun

  • An object, typically an inscribed ring or stone, that is thought to have magic powers and to bring good luck.

    ‘those rings, so fresh and gleaming, were their talismans’
    ‘a dolphin talisman would ensure a safe journey on land or at sea’
    figurative ‘he called me his good luck talisman’
    • ‘Dressed in purple robes, he cast a spell invoking the elements of earth, air, water and fire and threw a talisman into the murky loch.’
    • ‘Songstones were placed along the borders of the villages of the songweavers, and their strange powers made them effective talismans for warding off danger.’
    • ‘A section on healing focused on charms, talismans and rituals of herbal medicine.’
    • ‘Lucky charms, amulets, and talismans have been found in virtually all civilizations throughout recorded history.’
    • ‘The psychological aspects of healing through the use of rituals, prayers, charms and talismans represent another aspect of traditional herbal shamanism.’
    • ‘The door was shut and sealed with charms and talismans to keep away evil spirits or in this case, those who might want to steal the elemental gem inside.’
    • ‘Members of the Banu Sa'd al-Din, a prominent Sufi family in Damascus, made talismans and charms which could reportedly heal the sick and cure the insane.’
    • ‘To defend themselves, people turned to the usual battery of magical charms and talismans.’
    • ‘Making a face, Ethan dug into his jacket pockets, producing an astounding array of charms, talismans, herbs, and potions in corked test-tubes.’
    • ‘While on his quest for the 12 talismans, Jackie discovers that each one has unique mystical powers, which are bestowed upon its holder.’
    • ‘I wouldn't say that I performed any rituals, per se, but I was on the lookout for talismans, good luck charms - I was big on minerals, and took to wearing jewelry.’
    • ‘Animal figures are talismans that endow the wearer with the animal's power and prowess.’
    • ‘The book is a magical talisman, and it remains to be seen whether the luck it brings is good or bad.’
    • ‘Tattooed crosses, icons and parts of the Sacred Land are all talismans and amulets which are treasured with respect.’
    • ‘Poppies and fruit are indeterminate symbols with a practical purpose, mysterious talismans with the power to ward off subsequent suffering.’
    • ‘Everything from pentacles and talismans to cloaks and incense can be found here at very reasonable prices!’
    • ‘The Danes have left Wessex, and have set up in Lundenwic, and have sworn on their most sacred talismans to leave us.’
    • ‘And there was to end of talismans, charms and spells that could be purchased from the local wise woman or apothecary.’
    • ‘He appeared before Portsmouth Magistrates yesterday dressed in a green robe, blue cloak and with talismans around his neck.’
    • ‘The shop Goya on Calle Jimenez sells toad talismans, owl feathers, stone amulets, candles, gems, and soaps.’
    lucky charm, charm, fetish, amulet, mascot, totem, idol, juju, phylactery
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Origin

Mid 17th century: 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’.

Pronunciation

talisman

/ˈtalɪzmən/