In the Arabian Nights, the name of a poor boy in China who becomes master of a magic lamp and ring; he has a palace built for him by the Slave of the Lamp, and marries the Sultan's daughter.
The story first became a pantomime in England in 1788; in 1861 H. J. Byron's dramatization established what are now some of the main pantomime features. Aladdin's mother was named Widow Twankay (see Widow Twankey), and the magician who tries to steal the lamp was named Abanazar.
Aladdin's cave is a cave full of treasures revealed to him by a magician; shut inside by the magician, he escapes with the aid of a magic ring (which summons the Slave of the Ring) and returns to his mother with the lamp which he has found in the cave. They find that rubbing Aladdin's lamp summons a powerful genie, the Slave of the Lamp, who has the power to grant any request.