legerdemain

[ lej-er-duh-meyn ]
/ ˌlɛdʒ ər dəˈmeɪn /

noun

sleight of hand.
trickery; deception.
any artful trick.

Nearby words

  1. legendre equation,
  2. legendre, adrien marie,
  3. legendry,
  4. leger,
  5. leger line,
  6. legerity,
  7. leges,
  8. legg's disease,
  9. legg-calvé-perthes disease,
  10. legg-perthes disease

Origin of legerdemain

1400–50; late Middle English legerdemeyn, lygarde de mayne < Middle French: literally, light of hand

Related formsleg·er·de·main·ist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for legerdemain

legerdemain

/ (ˌlɛdʒədəˈmeɪn) /

noun

another name for sleight of hand
cunning deception or trickery
Derived Formslegerdemainist, noun

Word Origin for legerdemain

C15: from Old French: light of hand

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Word Origin and History for legerdemain

legerdemain

n.

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).

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