noun, plural tal·is·mans.
Origin of talisman
Examples from the Web for talisman
The “it” bag was born–a talisman of stylishness and a signifier of insider savvy.
She kept a copy of The Ambassadors as a talisman on her writing desk when she was working for seven years on her novel Trust.
Lucky ones might take home something that was touched by the artist; a talisman.
He immediately demanded of her the little bag with the talisman.
All recognised his devotedness in their cause, and his very name was a talisman for courage in every humble cabin around.St. Patrick's Eve|Charles James Lever
This night she drew forth her talisman, the photograph of the abbé, and tried to find some strength by considering it.Black Diamonds|Mr Jkai
You must wait until some one plots against you and the talisman will answer that question.The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton|Wardon Allan Curtis
Variety is the talisman by which she commands all hearts and gained her monarch's.Vivian Grey|Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for talisman
noun plural -mans
Word Origin for talisman
Word Origin and History for talisman
1630s, from French talisman, in part via Arabic tilsam (plural tilsaman), a Greek loan-word; in part directly from Byzantine Greek telesma "talisman, religious rite, payment," earlier "consecration, ceremony," originally "completion," from telein "perform (religious rites), pay (tax), fulfill," from telos "completion, end, tax" (see tele-).