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noun glam·our \ˈgla-mər\

Simple Definition of glamour

  • : a very exciting and attractive quality

Full Definition of glamour

  1. 1 :  a magic spell <the girls appeared to be under a glamour — Llewelyn Powys>

  2. 2 :  an exciting and often illusory and romantic attractiveness <the glamour of Hollywood>; especially :  alluring or fascinating attraction —often used attributively <glamour stock> <glamour girls> <whooping cranes and … other glamour birds — R. T. Peterson>

glamour transitive verb
glam·our·less play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of glamour

  1. She left her hometown, attracted to the glamour of the big city.

  2. an acting career filled with glitz and glamour

  3. the glamour of the movie business

Variants of glamour

also glam·or play \ˈgla-mər\

Origin of glamour

Scots glamour, alteration of English grammar; from the popular association of erudition with occult practices

First Known Use: 1715

GLAMOUR Defined for Kids


noun glam·our \ˈgla-mər\

Definition of glamour

  1. :  romantic, exciting, and often misleading attractiveness

History for glamour

In the Middle Ages words like Latin grammatica and Middle English gramer, “grammar,” meant not only the study of language and literature, but all sorts of learning. Since almost all learning was expressed in Latin, which most people did not understand, it was commonly believed that subjects such as magic and astrology were also part of “grammar.” People became suspicious of students of “grammar,” who were thought to practice the dark arts. In Scotland in the 1700s the word glamer or glamour, an altered form of grammar, meant “a magic spell.” As glamour passed into more general English, it lost this sense and just came to mean “a mysterious attractiveness.”

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