al·​lur·​ing | \ ə-ˈlu̇r-iŋ How to pronounce alluring (audio) \

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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The legendary style icon, Capote swan, sister of Jackie, and one of the most alluring women ever would have been 86 this March. Deborah Needleman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lee Radziwill's Last Interview," 20 Feb. 2019 This is some scoop of coffee ice cream with dark chocolate chunks -- filling, alluring and altogether different from #1. Will Nevin,, "TBT #26: 'Gideon Falls' set to haunt, disturb in March," 2 Feb. 2018 On the all-female cast, the results are simultaneously sinister and alluring. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "The Costume Designer From ‘Suspiria’ Shows Off Her 5 Most Dramatic Looks," 26 Oct. 2018 And of course in an Emrata’s hands, an alluring styling gesture—in this case a cardigan left unbuttoned to reveal her toned stomach—is never too far away, either. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Can Bohemian Style Be Sexy? Emily Ratajkowski Says Yes, It Can," 14 Nov. 2018 What’s more alluring than rarely granted permission? Paula Mclain, Town & Country, "The Extraordinary Life of Martha Gellhorn, the Woman Ernest Hemingway Tried to Erase," 12 July 2018 Little is more alluring than both prestige and creative freedom, and that’s an area where HBO has carved out its own unique niche. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "AT&T plans to expand HBO, but could destroy it in the process," 11 July 2018 Still, in 2018, a home of one’s own is a more alluring prospect to many women than the literature or chatter around the subject might suggest. Ashley Fetters, Curbed, "Living alone and liking it," 20 June 2018 This 47-year-old charmer has grown even more alluring with time. Audrey Phoon, Condé Nast Traveler, "25 Best Hotels in Singapore," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of alluring

1534, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of alluring

: very attractive : having a quality that attracts people

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