From French talisman, partly from Arabic طِلَسْم (ṭilasm), from Ancient Greek τέλεσμα (télesma, “payment”); and partly directly from Byzantine Greek τέλεσμα (télesma, “talisman, religious rite, completion”), from τελέω (teléō, “to perform religious rites, to complete”), from τέλος (télos, “end, fulfillment, accomplishment, consummation, completion”).
talisman (plural talismans)
- A magical object providing protection against ill will, or the supernatural, or conferring the wearer with a boon such as good luck, good health, or power(s).
- 1997, John Peel, chapter 10, in War of the Daleks, page 233:
- She kept low, clutching the rifle she'd taken as though it were a magic talisman, as if it would somehow protect her even though she didn't fire it.
- 1916, Frank Baum, chapter 1, in Rinkitink in Oz:
- I have in my possession three Magic Talismans, which I have ever guarded with utmost care, keeping the knowledge of their existence from anyone else.
- 2018 January 1, Donald McRae, “The Guardian footballer of the year 2017: Juan Mata”, in the Guardian:
- Mata would soon whip in the cross that allowed Drogba to equalise – and Chelsea went on to win the Champions League, beating the German club on penalties, with their talisman from the Ivory Coast making history with the final spot-kick.
- talismen (non-standard plural)
An amulet from the Black Pullet grimoire.
- 1644, Johan de Brune, de Jonge, Wetsteen der vernuften, publ. by Iacob Lescaille, page 46.
- […] d'Arabiers geven 'er de naam van Talisman aan; gelijk Scaliger in zijn Fransche brieven getuigt.
- […] the Arabs give to it the name of Talisman; like Scaliger attests in his French letters.
talisman m (plural talismans)
- → Catalan: talismà
- → English: talisman
- → Galician: talismán
- → Portuguese: talismã
- → Spanish: talismán
- “talisman” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
talìsmān m (Cyrillic spelling талѝсма̄н)
- “talisman” in Hrvatski jezični portal