abracadabra

[ ab-ruh-kuh-dab-ruh ]
/ ˌæb rə kəˈdæb rə /

noun

a mystical word or expression used in incantations, on amulets, etc., as a magical means of warding off misfortune, harm, or illness.
any charm or incantation using nonsensical or supposedly magical words.
meaningless talk; gibberish; nonsense.

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Origin of abracadabra

1690–1700; < Late Latin, probably < Late Greek, perhaps reflecting recitation of the initial letters of the alphabet; cf. abecedary

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British Dictionary definitions for abracadabra

abracadabra
/ (ˌæbrəkəˈdæbrə) /

interjection

a spoken formula, used esp by conjurors

noun

a word used in incantations, etc, considered to possess magic powers
gibberish; nonsense

Word Origin for abracadabra

C17: from Latin: magical word used in certain Gnostic writings, perhaps related to Greek Abraxas; see abraxas
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