Meaning of talisman in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtalɪzmən/

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nounplural noun talismans

  • 1An object, typically an inscribed ring or stone, that is thought to have magic powers and to bring good luck.

    ‘those rings, so fresh and gleaming, were their talismans’
    • ‘a dolphin talisman would ensure a safe journey on land or at sea’
    • ‘I wouldn't say that I performed any rituals, per se, but I was on the lookout for talismans, good luck charms - I was big on minerals, and took to wearing jewelry.’
    • ‘The psychological aspects of healing through the use of rituals, prayers, charms and talismans represent another aspect of traditional herbal shamanism.’
    • ‘Songstones were placed along the borders of the villages of the songweavers, and their strange powers made them effective talismans for warding off danger.’
    • ‘Poppies and fruit are indeterminate symbols with a practical purpose, mysterious talismans with the power to ward off subsequent suffering.’
    • ‘Tattooed crosses, icons and parts of the Sacred Land are all talismans and amulets which are treasured with respect.’
    • ‘The book is a magical talisman, and it remains to be seen whether the luck it brings is good or bad.’
    • ‘Lucky charms, amulets, and talismans have been found in virtually all civilizations throughout recorded history.’
    • ‘While on his quest for the 12 talismans, Jackie discovers that each one has unique mystical powers, which are bestowed upon its holder.’
    • ‘The Danes have left Wessex, and have set up in Lundenwic, and have sworn on their most sacred talismans to leave us.’
    • ‘A section on healing focused on charms, talismans and rituals of herbal medicine.’
    • ‘Making a face, Ethan dug into his jacket pockets, producing an astounding array of charms, talismans, herbs, and potions in corked test-tubes.’
    • ‘Members of the Banu Sa'd al-Din, a prominent Sufi family in Damascus, made talismans and charms which could reportedly heal the sick and cure the insane.’
    • ‘The shop Goya on Calle Jimenez sells toad talismans, owl feathers, stone amulets, candles, gems, and soaps.’
    • ‘The door was shut and sealed with charms and talismans to keep away evil spirits or in this case, those who might want to steal the elemental gem inside.’
    • ‘And there was to end of talismans, charms and spells that could be purchased from the local wise woman or apothecary.’
    • ‘Everything from pentacles and talismans to cloaks and incense can be found here at very reasonable prices!’
    • ‘To defend themselves, people turned to the usual battery of magical charms and talismans.’
    • ‘Animal figures are talismans that endow the wearer with the animal's power and prowess.’
    • ‘He appeared before Portsmouth Magistrates yesterday dressed in a green robe, blue cloak and with talismans around his neck.’
    • ‘Dressed in purple robes, he cast a spell invoking the elements of earth, air, water and fire and threw a talisman into the murky loch.’
    lucky charm, charm, fetish, amulet, mascot, totem, idol, juju, phylactery
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    1. 1.1A person regarded as representing and inspiring a particular group.
      ‘he's a quiet man off the field, but on it he's our talisman’
      • ‘They don't expect their talisman to return to action until at least April.’
      • ‘It's unfair to expect their talisman to be at it every single game.’
      • ‘He has been their talisman in attack this season.’
      • ‘His hedonistic lifestyle during the band's most successful touring years saw him become the talisman for their harder, rockier sound.’
      • ‘His side may be without their talisman and most potent attacking weapon, but their coach says they'll cope without him.’
      • ‘The team's talisman has not trained with the side this week and admitted he was under an injury cloud for the clash.’
      • ‘He could leave this summer despite the club's desire to keep their talisman.’
      • ‘Jamie is a real talisman for the team.’
      • ‘He is their talisman and their goalscorer.’
      • ‘I remember thinking that he was the talisman at the time and what a wonderful career that he had.’


Mid 17th century based on Arabic ṭilsam, apparently from an alteration of late Greek telesma ‘completion, religious rite’, from telein ‘complete, perform a rite’, from telos ‘result, end’.