allure

verb
al·​lure | \ ə-ˈlu̇r How to pronounce allure (audio) \
allured; alluring

Definition of allure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to entice by charm or attraction … I had been fool enough to allow myself to be so quickly allured by her charms …— Anthony Trollope

allure

noun

Definition of allure (Entry 2 of 2)

: power of attraction or fascination : charm the allure of fame rare books that hold a special allure for collectors

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Verb

allurement \ ə-​ˈlu̇r-​mənt How to pronounce allure (audio) \ noun

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Verb

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

Examples of allure in a Sentence

Verb was so allured by his sister's college roommate that before long he was asking her for a date allured by the promise of big bucks, he decided to have a go at a job on the trading floor of the stock market
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For students of style, the Copland film—showing men wearing coats, ties, and hats even when going about their casual rounds—offers alluring hints of everyday formality. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 11 Apr. 2020 The offers are alluring to owners who often operate on the edge and are strapped for cash. Gretchen Morgenson, NBC News, 3 Apr. 2020 Her music, nor her brand, are flashy, with Coles instead settling into a career marked by sophisticated, sensual and inventive electronic music that allures whether heard in a sweaty club, a major festival or simply through your headphones. Katie Bain, Billboard, 17 Jan. 2020 Bass-baritone Plachetka managed to produce a resplendent timbre while oozing the charisma and guile that make Figaro so alluring a character. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, 29 Sep. 2019 The smell is alive and dead, asphyxiating and alluring all at once. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Dec. 2019 Many of those automakers will be able to take advantage of alluring tax incentives that are now being phased out for Tesla because of its head start in the field. Michael Liedtke, USA TODAY, 26 Aug. 2019 There is something alluring, almost mysterious, in the appearance of fall squashes. Nik Sharma, SFChronicle.com, 22 Nov. 2019 But because Snitker has essentially spent his whole career in the Braves organization, managing teams at all levels of their farm system, there is nothing particularly alluring about him. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 5 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Part of the allure of the Swamp is the relationship that has formed between Murphy and linebacker coach Christian Robinson. Robert Fenbers, cleveland, 24 May 2021 He's also expressed doubts about Netflix getting into live sports or news, which could boost the service's allure to subscribers, so that's likely out, too, at least for now. Frank Pallotta, CNN, 21 Apr. 2021 Mystery and suspense are part of the allure, but perhaps even more tantalizing is the imaginative glimpse into what lies beyond the grave. Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2021 Much of the allure is the town’s status as a haven for race and show horses and horses for recreational riding. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, 27 Apr. 2021 That’s part of the allure of these kinds of ghost guns, by the way. New York Times, 8 Apr. 2021 In December, Elon Musk tweeted a slightly risqué image of a Franciscan monk, eyes cast heavenward, hands clasped in prayer, trying to resist the sultry allure of Bitcoin. Eben Shapiro, Time, 21 Mar. 2021 Part of the allure is that, unlike Scotch, which is double distilled, most Irish whiskeys are triple pot distilled, which gives them a gentler flavor. Richard Carelton Hacker, Robb Report, 12 Mar. 2021 Part of the allure of the band is the mystery surrounding them. Lindsey Bahr, Star Tribune, 30 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of allure

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1534, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for allure

Verb and Noun

Middle English aluren, from Middle French alurer, from Old French, from a- (from Latin ad-) + lure, leure lure — more at lure

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The first known use of allure was in the 15th century

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“Allure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allure. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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allure

noun

English Language Learners Definition of allure

: power to attract : a quality that attracts people

allure

verb
al·​lure | \ ə-ˈlu̇r How to pronounce allure (audio) \
allured; alluring

Kids Definition of allure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to try to attract or influence by offering what seems to be a benefit or pleasure Treasure hunters were allured by stories of lost riches.

allure

noun

Kids Definition of allure (Entry 2 of 2)

: power to attract the allure of fame

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