abracadabra

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˌæbrəkəˈdæbrə/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˌæbrəkəˈdæbrə/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ab′rə kə dabrə)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ab•ra•ca•dab•ra /ˌæbrəkəˈdæbrə/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. meaningless talk;
    gibberish;
    nonsense.
  2. a word used in magic tricks.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ab•ra•ca•dab•ra  (ab′rə kə dabrə),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a mystical word or expression used in incantations, on amulets, etc., as a magical means of warding off misfortune, harm, or illness.
  2. any charm or incantation using nonsensical or supposedly magical words.
  3. meaningless talk;
    gibberish;
    nonsense.
  • Late Greek, perh. reflecting recitation of the initial letters of the alphabet; compare abecedary
  • Late Latin, probably
  • 1690–1700

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
abracadabra /ˌæbrəkəˈdæbrə/ interj
  1. a spoken formula, used esp by conjurors
n
  1. a word used in incantations, etc, considered to possess magic powers
  2. gibberish; nonsense
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin: magical word used in certain Gnostic writings, perhaps related to Greek Abraxas; see abraxas
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