prestidigitation

[ pres-ti-dij-i-tey-shuh n ]
/ ˌprɛs tɪˌdɪdʒ ɪˈteɪ ʃən /

noun

sleight of hand; legerdemain.

Nearby words

  1. prest,
  2. prest money,
  3. prestation,
  4. prester john,
  5. presternum,
  6. prestidigitator,
  7. prestige,
  8. prestige pricing,
  9. prestigious,
  10. prestissimo

Origin of prestidigitation

1855–60; < French: literally, ready-fingeredness, coinage perhaps based on prestigiateur juggler, conjurer, derivative of Latin praestīgiae juggler's tricks (see prestige). See prest1, digit, -ation

Related formspres·ti·dig·i·ta·tor, nounpres·ti·dig·i·ta·to·ry [pres-ti-dij-i-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˌprɛs tɪˈdɪdʒ ɪ təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, pres·ti·dig·i·ta·to·ri·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for prestidigitation

prestidigitation

/ (ˌprɛstɪˌdɪdʒɪˈteɪʃən) /

noun

another name for sleight of hand
Derived Formsprestidigitator, noun

Word Origin for prestidigitation

C19: from French: quick-fingeredness, from Latin praestigiae feats of juggling, tricks, probably influenced by French preste nimble, and Latin digitus finger; see prestige

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Word Origin and History for prestidigitation

prestidigitation

n.

1843, from French prestidigitation, which was coined along with prestidigitator (q.v.).

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