Definition of grimoire in English:


Pronunciation /ɡrimˈwär/ /ɡrɪmˈwɑr/


  • A book of magic spells and invocations.

    ‘For years, I performed rituals from Pagan grimoires and read incantations to Bast, Diana / Artemis, and Hecate.’
    • ‘Wandered into a bookstore yesterday and found this book by S.L. MacGregor Mathers, supposedly a grimoire he translated from original French and Latin of a manuscript in the Library of Paris in the early nineteen hundreds.’
    • ‘She then set them down on a piece of white paper next to a bottle and flipped through her grimoire until she found the spell she wanted.’
    • ‘She began to look through her grimoire, hoping to find some information on her predicament.’
    • ‘Most grimoires were written between the late-medieval period and the 18th century and are associated with ceremonial or ritual magick.’


Mid 19th century French, alteration of grammaire ‘grammar’.