al·​lur·​ing | \ ə-ˈlu̇r-iŋ \

Definition of alluring

: having a strongly attractive or enticing quality an alluring smile/aroma an alluring prospect Her appeal for him was that of the frail and alluring woman.— Edna Ferber

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Other Words from alluring

alluringly adverb
smiled alluringly an alluringly colorful display

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While Fender is keeping info on the technology behind the finishes under wraps for the time being, the possibilities are alluring and the technology is a testament to Fender’s ethos of customization. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "Fender's 'Acoustasonic' Is a True Acoustic-Electric Hybrid Guitar," 22 Jan. 2019 Expectations that rates will rise more gradually tend to make the dollar less alluring to yield-seekng investors. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Dollar Notches Gains as Stocks Slip," 10 Jan. 2019 Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Penélope Cruz—Oribe will be remembered as a master of his craft, conjuring the kind of unapologetic glamour that spoke to the world’s most alluring women. Kate Branch, Vogue, "Oribe, the Legendary Hairstylist Who Created a Thousand Supermodels, Has Died," 17 Dec. 2018 During the era of rom-com revival, this show is interrogating what we have been taught to find alluring. Elana Rubin, Teen Vogue, "You Is the Psychological Thriller Showing How Dangerous Rom-Com Tropes Can Be," 7 Nov. 2018 The looks range from minimal to over-the-top, but each one is gorgeous, and perfectly captures that mystical quality that's so damn alluring. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "Astrology Nails Are Blowing Up on Instagram," 27 Sep. 2018 Whether or not that’s true, Hollywood — located, after all, in the City of Stars — finds the metaphor alluring. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper shine in the newest version of A Star Is Born," 14 Sep. 2018 That means soap should be biodegradable, and no washing up directly in a body of water, as alluring as that may seem. Gray Chapman, SELF, "How Hikers Do Skin-Care on Long Backpacking Trips," 28 July 2018 WASHINGTON - More than 300,000 miles of natural gas transmission lines crisscross the U.S., fueling electricity and industrial plants and heating homes, while also providing an alluring target for hackers looking to disrupt the American economy. James Osborne, San Antonio Express-News, "In coal fight, Perry switches his focus to pipeline cybersecurity," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of alluring

1534, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of alluring was in 1534

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English Language Learners Definition of alluring

: very attractive : having a quality that attracts people

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