Barmecide

[ bahr-muh-sahyd ]
/ ˈbɑr məˌsaɪd /

noun

a member of a noble Persian family of Baghdad who, according to a tale in The Arabian Nights' Entertainments, gave a beggar a pretended feast with empty dishes.

adjective

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Origin of Barmecide

<Persian Barmekī family name, literally, offspring of Barmek, with -ide-id1 for Persian <Arabic

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Barmecide

Barmecidal

/ (ˈbɑːmɪˌsaɪd) /

adjective

lavish or plentiful in imagination only; illusory; shama Barmecide feast

Word Origin for Barmecide

C18: from the name of a prince in The Arabian Nights who served empty plates to beggars, alleging that they held sumptuous food
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