Origin of legerdemain
Examples from the Web for legerdemain
By the power of his address and wit he invested the most insignificant feats of legerdemain with a peculiar charm.
This was a sort of sleight of hand, in the use of words; and was noticed, at the time, as "legerdemain."Salem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather|Charles W. Upham
Priests, however, tolerate no rivals, and permit no legerdemain but their own.Gerald Fitzgerald|Charles James Lever
The medium had been warned by friends that Wilmann was an expert professor of legerdemain.Hours with the Ghosts or, Nineteenth Century Witchcraft|Henry Ridgely Evans
That Merriwell had secured the pair of fives with his three jacks for all of his style of drawing seemed like legerdemain.Frank Merriwell's Backers|Burt L. Standish
British Dictionary definitions for legerdemain
Word Origin for legerdemain
Word Origin and History for legerdemain
early 15c., "conjuring tricks," from Middle French léger de main "quick of hand," literally "light of hand," from léger "light" in weight (from Latin levis "light;" see lever) + main "hand" (from Latin manus; see manual).