[maj-i-kuh l]


produced by or as if by magic: The change in the appearance of the room was magical.
mysteriously enchanting: a magical night.
of or relating to magic.

Origin of magical

First recorded in 1545–55; magic + -al1
Related formsmag·i·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·mag·i·cal, adjectivehy·per·mag·i·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-mag·i·cal, adjectivequa·si-mag·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·mag·i·cal, adjectivesem·i·mag·i·cal·ly, adverbun·mag·i·cal, adjectiveun·mag·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for magical

Contemporary Examples of magical

Historical Examples of magical

  • All the magical phrases in the play are phrases of jealousy, passion, and pity.

  • But for this magical aid, Olivo's lot would still have been the same.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • Such is the magical action and reaction of minds upon each other.


    Samuel Smiles

  • That she should ask anything in these magical days that he could not at once lay at her feet!

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • Some of the oldest romances in the world have to do with the magical operation of the mirror.


    Benjamin Taylor

Word Origin and History for magical

1550s, from magic (n.) + -al (1). Related: Magically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper