Definition of open sesame in English:

open sesame


  • A free or unrestricted means of admission or access.

    • ‘academic success is not an automatic open sesame to the job market’
    key, path, way, route, avenue, means of access, door, doorway, entry, entrée, admission, admittance, open sesame


open sesame

/ˌōp(ə)n ˈsesəmē/ /ˌoʊp(ə)n ˈsɛsəmi/


Early 18th century from the magic formula in the tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (see Ali Baba).