Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “magic”

See all translations

magic

noun [U]  /ˈmædʒ·ɪk/ us  

magic noun [U] (IMAGINARY POWER)

(esp. in stories for children) the use of special powers to make things happen that would usually be impossible: a tale of witchcraft and magic Magic is also the skill of performing tricks to entertain people, such as making things seem to appear and disappear, or the tricks performed: My daughter loves doing magic.

magic noun [U] (SPECIAL QUALITY)

a special, exciting quality that makes something or someone different and better than others: As an actress, she has lost none of her magic, and she still is thrilling to watch.
(Definition of magic from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of magic?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “magic”

Definitions of “magic” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

limber up

to do gentle exercises to stretch the muscles in order to prepare the body for more active physical exercise

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

bio-inspiration noun

April 13, 2015
the adoption of patterns and structures found in nature for the purposes of engineering, manufacturing, science, etc. The MIT researchers actually aren’t the only robotics team to turn to cheetahs for bio-inspiration.

Read More