[ bahr-muh-sahyd ]
/ ˈbɑr məˌsaɪd /


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 < Arabic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈbɑːmɪˌsaɪd) /


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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