al·​lur·​ing ə-ˈlu̇r-iŋ How to pronounce alluring (audio)
: 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
alluringly adverb
smiled alluringly
an alluringly colorful display

Examples of alluring in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Decades later, the long shadow of the book—which quickly entered the New York Times best-seller list upon release—and the film presented unique challenges, and alluring opportunities, to the creators of its musical adaptation. Christopher Barnard, Vogue, 9 Feb. 2024 First impressions Located on Port Royal Island, one of South Carolina’s coastal Sea Islands, this alluring waterside city is a living landmark. Sallie Funderburk, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Achieving that balance is essential, Hamilton says, because Mars isn’t the only alluring destination vying for more attention and federal dollars. Leonard David, Scientific American, 11 Jan. 2024 The relationship between Celie and Shug Avery, the alluring chanteuse played by Taraji P. Henson, in this version plays a mite truer to that of the novel. Scott Hocker, theweek, 7 Jan. 2024 Many filmmakers leave such practicalities behind, feeding escapist desires with alluring realms of fantasy. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 5 Jan. 2024 Crafted by visionary modernist architect Richard Neutra, this alluring Rancho Santa Fe residence is one of at least five places the designer completed in San Diego during the 1950s and into 1960. Wendy Bowman, Robb Report, 11 Jan. 2024 Advertisement Its alluring loft draws hikers of all stripes from the teeming megalopolis in its backyard. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2024 If your oatmeal is stuck in the sweet zone, this recipe is an alluring invitation to break away. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1534, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of alluring was in 1534

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“Alluring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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