- a stone, ring, or other object, engraved with figures or characters supposed to possess occult powers and worn as an amulet or charm.
- any amulet or charm.
- anything whose presence exercises a remarkable or powerful influence on human feelings or actions.
Origin of talisman
Examples from the Web for talisman
The “it” bag was born–a talisman of stylishness and a signifier of insider savvy.The Language of Margaret Thatcher’s Handbags
April 8, 2013
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.Mad for Henry James
November 16, 2010
Lucky ones might take home something that was touched by the artist; a talisman.The Ultimate Michael Merchandise
July 9, 2009
But Simba was replacing carefully the talisman in its wrappings.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
When the ship is in danger the first talisman is burnt, and help comes.The Chinese Fairy Book
Variety is the talisman by which she commands all hearts and gained her monarch's.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
Aladdin's key could not have caused more surprise than this talisman.The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)
His contributions to "The Talisman" included some of his best poems.Poetical Works of William Cullen Bryant
William Cullen Bryant
- a stone or other small object, usually inscribed or carved, believed to protect the wearer from evil influences
- anything thought to have magical or protective powers
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-).