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noun \ˈchärm\

Simple Definition of charm

  • : something that is believed to have magic powers and especially to prevent bad luck

  • : a small object that is worn on a chain or bracelet

  • : a quality that causes someone or something to be very likeable : an attractive quality

Full Definition of charm

  1. 1 a :  the chanting or reciting of a magic spell :  incantation b :  a practice or expression believed to have magic power

  2. 2 :  something worn about the person to ward off evil or ensure good fortune :  amulet

  3. 3 a :  a trait that fascinates, allures, or delights b :  a physical grace or attraction —used in plural <her feminine charms> c :  compelling attractiveness <the island possessed great charm>

  4. 4 :  a small ornament worn on a bracelet or chain

  5. 5 :  a fundamental quark that has an electric charge of +23 and a measured energy of approximately 1.5 GeV; also :  the flavor characterizing this particle

charm·less play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of charm

  1. He keeps a horseshoe as a good luck charm.

  2. He fell under the spell of her charms.

  3. The resort has many charms.

  4. The inn has a quaint charm.

  5. The island possesses great charm.

  6. The new curtains add charm to the room.

  7. The seaside location is a big part of the house's charm.

  8. He won her over with his charm.

Origin of charm

Middle English charme, from Anglo-French, from Latin carmen song, from canere to sing — more at chant

First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with charm




Simple Definition of charm

  • : to put a spell on (someone or something)

  • : to cause (someone) to like you or to do what you want by being nice, friendly, etc.

  • : to attract (someone) by being beautiful or welcoming

Full Definition of charm

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to affect by or as if by magic :  compel b :  to please, soothe, or delight by compelling attraction <charms customers with his suave manner>

  3. 2 :  to endow with or as if with supernatural powers by means of charms; also :  to protect by or as if by spells, charms, or supernatural influences

  4. 3 :  to control (an animal) typically by charms (as the playing of music) <charm a snake>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to practice magic and enchantment

  7. 2 :  to have the effect of a charm :  fascinate

charm·er play \ˈchär-mər\ noun

Examples of charm

  1. The snake was charmed by the music.

  2. He was known for his ability to charm voters.

  3. He charmed the committee into approving his proposal.

  4. I was charmed by the cozy country inn.

14th Century

First Known Use of charm

14th century

Synonym Discussion of charm

attract, allure, charm, captivate, fascinate, enchant mean to draw another by exerting a powerful influence. attract applies to any degree or kind of ability to exert influence over another <students attracted by the school's locale>. allure implies an enticing by what is fair, pleasing, or seductive <an alluring smile>. charm implies the power of casting a spell over the person or thing affected and so compelling a response <charmed by their hospitality>, but it may, like captivate, suggest no more than evoking delight or admiration <her performances captivated audiences>. fascinate suggests a magical influence and tends to stress the ineffectiveness of attempts to resist <a story that continues to fascinate children>. enchant is perhaps the strongest of these terms in stressing the appeal of the agent and the degree of delight evoked in the subject <hopelessly enchanted by her beauty>.

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