Skip to definition.
Get the FREE one-click dictionary software for Windows or the iPhone/iPad and Android apps

Noun: Svengali  sven'gaa-lee
  1. The musician in a novel by George du Maurier who controls Trilby's singing hypnotically
  2. Someone (usually maleficent) who tries to persuade or force another person to do his bidding

Derived forms: Svengalis

Type of: character, fictional character, fictitious character, inducer, persuader

Encyclopedia: Svengali