alluring

adjective al·lur·ing \ ə-ˈlu̇r-iŋ \
Updated on: 7 Jan 2018

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

alluringly

adverb
    • smiled alluringly
    • an alluringly colorful display

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First Known Use of alluring

1534



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