Definition of magical in US English:



  • 1Relating to, using, or resembling magic.

    ‘he had a gentle, magical touch with the child’
    • ‘The Argentine tango is magical, intoxicating, romantic, and passionate!’
    • ‘It all makes wonderful magical sense until we get to the chapter on greed.’
    • ‘With a cricket ball in hand, his transformation from social knave to spellbinding performer is as magical as his bag of tricks.’
    • ‘Transforming the party's policies for the next election will require a truly magical touch.’
    • ‘Others have an almost magical ability to pull programs out of the air at the last minute.’
    • ‘The results, on beautifully finished, delicate porcelain, are magical.’
    • ‘Yet these same shapes become magical, their edges shimmer and shift, deceive and delight.’
    • ‘A supremely gifted player with a magical touch, he combined charm and nastiness in almost equal measure.’
    • ‘Come back to where you belong, awaken your senses with the magical touch of nature.’
    • ‘Kirby and Jason became magical on their skates smiling and dancing to the delight of the crowd.’
    • ‘Levet, who won last week's Scottish Open at Loch Lomond to qualify, showed a magical touch with the putter.’
    • ‘BF is also a magical guitar player and now writes the most beautiful of song lyrics.’
    • ‘The combination of fruit and a magical touch of oak is irresistible, especially with new-season lamb.’
    • ‘Then, of course, there's the Internet's almost magical ability to remove geographical barriers.’
    • ‘Nevertheless all were ready for a wonderful treat of that magical voice.’
    • ‘Adding an extra magical touch were the mechanical swans on the lake backdrop and the beautiful sparkling tulle costumes.’
    • ‘A child's imagination and magical thinking are frequently much worse than the reality.’
    • ‘The result is like a hand-cranked magical music box that surprises and delights.’
    • ‘Our powerful imaginations and spiritual connections give us almost magical abilities.’
    • ‘It was the menacing warning that Liverpool may just have a rare touch of magical invention up their sleeve.’
    supernatural, magic, occult, mystical, mystic, paranormal, preternatural, other-worldly, spectral, ghostly, secret, dark, cryptic, uncanny, cabbalistic, shamanistic
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  • 2Beautiful or delightful in such a way as to seem removed from everyday life.

    ‘it was a magical evening of pure nostalgia’
    • ‘The next morning, Fiona woke up thinking about her magical evening at the prom with Dom.’
    • ‘It is fortunate, then, that the Old City is one of the most magical and beautiful places that can be visited by man.’
    • ‘The Fimbles live in a magical valley, a beautiful place like no other.’
    • ‘Even though it was raining, freezing cold and windy most of the time, it is still a wonderful, magical place.’
    • ‘Rosemary and Yvan could not help being enchanted by the village's charm and magical setting.’
    • ‘A layer of fresh snow covered the ground, making the whole place seem magical.’
    • ‘As fascinating and magical as this world is, it's filled to the brim with hostile beasts and hidden dangers.’
    • ‘He can describe the seemingly most mundane of things and make it sound magical.’
    • ‘Those who come to Clifden on Ice are guaranteed a wonderful, unique and magical time.’
    • ‘The magical evening was completed with a curry at the nearby award-winning Indian restaurant, Encore.’
    • ‘Many of the buildings which look on to the sea were built in the Twenties in art deco style and look magical in the soft evening sun.’
    • ‘It was a magical evening in so many ways and one I'll never forget.’
    • ‘As the sun sets on the magical wonderland of sand, sky and water, another day in paradise always beckons.’
    • ‘The sun is conquering the winter and lends a magical enchantment to the snow.’
    • ‘It is the job of poets and mystics to show us the ordinary and everyday in a magical light.’
    • ‘Lights both overhead and around the periphery make the courtyard magical at night.’
    • ‘The school was transformed into a magical wonderland where the children met Santa and two of his elves.’
    • ‘Your article was a delight, featuring the magical friendship of Raymond and Miles.’
    • ‘It was a magical evening which had been opened by the Vocal Union and ended on a high when the two choirs joined together.’
    • ‘Choose a practice to organize your thoughts and transform the everyday world into something magical.’
    extraordinary, remarkable, exceptional, outstanding, incredible, phenomenal, unbelievable, inconceivable, unimaginable, amazing, astonishing, astounding, stunning, staggering, marvellous, magnificent, wonderful, sensational, breathtaking, miraculous, singular, uncommon, unheard of, unique, unparalleled, unprecedented, unusual, unusually good, too good to be true, superlative, prodigious, surpassing, rare
    enchanting, entrancing, spellbinding, bewitching, beguiling, fascinating, captivating, alluring, enthralling, charming, attractive, appealing, magnetic, irresistible, intriguing, engaging, hypnotic, mesmerizing, mesmeric, intoxicating, heady, seductive, inviting, idyllic, wonderful, magnificent, superb, glorious, sublime, lovely, delightful, beautiful, too good to be true
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