a manual of magic or witchcraft used by witches and sorcerers.

Origin of grimoire

1850–60; < French, alteration of grammaire ‘grammar’ < Old French gramaire; see grammar Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for grimoire

Contemporary Examples of grimoire

Historical Examples of grimoire

  • The pretended sorcerers had their "grimoire" and the judges had their sorcerer's code.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 5 (of 10)

    Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)

  • An alternative method provided by the Grimoire is to take an unspotted egg, and expose it to the meridian rays of the sun.

    Human Animals

    Frank Hamel

British Dictionary definitions for grimoire



a textbook of sorcery and magic

Word Origin for grimoire

C19: from French, altered from grammaire grammar; compare glamour
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Word Origin and History for grimoire

magician's manual for invoking demons, 1849, from French grimoire, altered from grammaire "grammar" (see grammar). Cf. glamor.

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