Part of speech: noun
Origin: French, mid 19th century
A book of magic spells and invocations.
Examples of Grimoire in a sentence
"The witch's grimoire featured heavily in local legend."
"The wizard chanted some lines from his grimoire to create a protective shield."
Popularity Over Time
This noun comes from an alteration to the French word "grammaire," or "grammar." Could grammarians be wizards? Their mastery over language might indicate that they are.
Did you Know?
Grimoires have been present throughout much of ancient and modern history. These books — a mixture of spells, conjurations, and secret knowledge — are closely entwined with religion, the growth of printed media, and a burgeoning interest in science.