- sleight of hand; legerdemain.
Origin of prestidigitation
Examples from the Web for prestidigitator
Historical Examples of prestidigitator
It was for all the world like the performance of a prestidigitator.King Coal
Such a prestidigitator as Signor Fantoccini has only to say—Presto!Hearts and Masks
A prestidigitator who, putting metal into your mouth, pulls coins out of your pocket.The Devil's Dictionary
It passed before Flora's eyes like a prestidigitator's trick, so rapid as to seem unreal, and left her staring.The Coast of Chance
After assuring himself that the coast was clear Sube drew back his sleeves in imitation of a prestidigitator.Sube Cane
Edward Bellamy Partridge
- another name for sleight of hand
Word Origin for prestidigitation
1843, from French prestidigitateur, a hybrid coined 1830 by Jules de Rovère (who sought a new word, "qui s'accorderait mieux à ses nobles origines" to replace escamoteur and physicien), roughly based on Latin praestigiator "juggler" (see prestigious); influenced by Italian presto "quick," a conjuror's word (see presto), and by Latin digitus "finger" (see digit).
1843, from French prestidigitation, which was coined along with prestidigitator (q.v.).