- 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.
Origin of Barmecide
< Persian Barmekī family name, literally, offspring of Barmek, with -ide -id1 for Persian -ī < Arabic
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Examples from the Web for barmecide
But a banquet in which the plates only are good is but a Barmecide feast, after all.
Is it possible the Regenerator is, after all, more tantalizing than the Barmecide?The Gastronomic Regenerator:
My dear Barmecide friend, isn't it pleasant to be in such fine company?The Newcomes
William Makepeace Thackeray
But one of them is always nailed; there is no escaping the Barmecide.Unicorns
Accustomed to these regular Barmecide suggestions, Barker made no direct reply.Selected Stories
- lavish or plentiful in imagination only; illusory; shama Barmecide feast
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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