{{11}}magic (adj.) late 14c., from O.Fr. magique, from L. magicus "magic, magical," from Gk. magikos, from magike (see MAGIC (Cf. magic) (n.)). Magic carpet first attested 1816. Magic Marker (1951) is a registered trademark (U.S.) by Speedry Products, Inc., Richmond Hill, N.Y. Magic lantern "optical instrument whereby a magnified image is thrown upon a wall or screen" is 1690s, from Mod.L. laterna magica.
{{12}}magic (n.) late 14c., "art of influencing events and producing marvels using hidden natural forces," from O.Fr. magique "magic, magical," from L.L. magice "sorcery, magic," from Gk. magike (presumably with tekhne "art"), fem. of magikos "magical," from magos "one of the members of the learned and priestly class," from O.Pers. magush, possibly from PIE *magh- (1) "to be able, to have power" (see MACHINE (Cf. machine)). Transferred sense of "legerdemain, optical illusion, etc." is from 1811. Displaced O.E. wiccecræft (see WITCH (Cf. witch)); also drycræft, from dry "magician," from Ir. drui "priest, magician" (see DRUID (Cf. druid)).
{{12}}magic (v.) 1906, from MAGIC (Cf. magic) (n.).

Etymology dictionary. 2014.


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