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legerdemain

[ lej-er-duh-meyn ]
/ ˌlɛdʒ ər dəˈmeɪn /
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noun
sleight of hand.
any artful trick.
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Origin of legerdemain

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English legerdemeyn, lygarde de mayne “skill in conjuring, sleight of hand,” from Middle French léger de main “nimble, skillful,” literally “light of hand” (unrecorded)

OTHER WORDS FROM legerdemain

leg·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 forms of legerdemain

legerdemainist, noun

Word Origin for legerdemain

C15: from Old French: light of hand
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