be·​guil·​ing bi-ˈgī-liŋ How to pronounce beguiling (audio)
: agreeably or charmingly attractive or pleasing
a beguiling manner
a beguiling aroma
… it's safe to say that the Balkans have never produced a politician so beguiling.Jane Kramer
beguilingly adverb
The restaurant is physically attractive, dishes are beguilingly presented, and the cuisine is always logically inventive, often inspired, sometimes sublime. Jay Jacobs

Examples of beguiling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the most beguiling combinations stars firm slices of raw yellowtail in a pool of cucumber juice, fennel and lime — an electric green foil to the buttery fish. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2023 Noting that the character is very ambivalent, beguiling and also very horrifying, Riedhof says the part called for an actress that could balance these aspects. Ed Meza, Variety, 28 Sep. 2023 If these quiet domestic scenes offer a beguiling warmth, much of that can be attributed to their palette. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2023 Next up is International Intrigue, stopping in nine of the world’s most beguiling locales from April 15 to May 8, 2025. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 13 Sep. 2023 But what makes Hamaguchi’s film so haunting is not its beguiling atmosphere but the unexpected and enigmatic ending, which gives everything that’s come before a different, and less comforting, context. Rachel Handler, Vulture, 16 Sep. 2023 Ticking all the boxes on an evening celebrating British culture, the actor’s corseted gown was beguiling, but eccentric—a clever proposition from one of the capital’s biggest fashion dreamers, who frequently fuses his off-kilter fabulous work with the theatrical. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 14 Sep. 2023 As beguiling as so many of the maps are visually, their contexts and backstories can be even more so. Mark Feeney,, 13 Sep. 2023 Selvutsletter Jenny Hval’s electronic project with longtime collaborator Håvard Volden returned in 2021 with the beguiling Menneskekollektivet: a wilderness of insistent beats, otherworldly synths, and decayed electric guitar. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 11 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of beguiling was in 1646

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“Beguiling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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