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abracadabra

ab·ra·ca·dab·ra
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Transcription

    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-ruh-kuh-dab-ruh]
    • /ˌæb rə kəˈdæb rə/
    • /ˌæb.rə.kəˈdæb.rə/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-ruh-kuh-dab-ruh]
    • /ˌæb rə kəˈdæb rə/

Definitions of abracadabra word

  • exclamation abracadabra Abracadabra is a word that someone says when they are performing a magic trick in order to make the magic happen. 3
  • exclamation abracadabra a spoken formula, used esp by conjurors 3
  • noun abracadabra a word used in incantations, etc, considered to possess magic powers 3
  • noun abracadabra gibberish; nonsense 3
  • noun abracadabra a word supposed to have magic powers, and hence used in incantations, on amulets, etc. 3
  • noun abracadabra a magic spell or formula 3

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Origin of abracadabra

First appearance:

before 1690
One of the 49% oldest English words
1690-1700; < Late Latin, probably < Late Greek, perhaps reflecting recitation of the initial letters of the alphabet; cf. abecedary

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Parts of speech for Abracadabra

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation

abracadabra popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 61% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for abracadabra

noun abracadabra

  • invocation — the act of invoking or calling upon a deity, spirit, etc., for aid, protection, inspiration, or the like; supplication.
  • incantation — the chanting or uttering of words purporting to have magical power.
  • spell — to take the place of for a time; relieve: Let me spell you at the wheel.
  • hocus-pocus — a meaningless chant or expression used in conjuring or incantation.
  • mumbo jumbo — meaningless incantation or ritual.

interjection abracadabra

  • presto — quickly, rapidly, or immediately.
  • voila — used to reveal, show off

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