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charm

noun \ ˈchärm \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of charm

1 a : the chanting or reciting of a magic spell : incantation
b : a practice or expression believed to have magic power
2 : something worn about the person to ward off evil or ensure good fortune : amulet
  • wore a rabbit's foot as a good-luck charm
3 a : a trait that fascinates, allures, or delights
  • the charm of this imaginative story
b : a physical grace (see 1grace 3) or attraction used in plural
  • her feminine charms
c : compelling attractiveness
  • the island possessed great charm
4 : a small ornament worn on a bracelet or chain
  • Her sister presented her with a sterling silver charm for her bracelet.
5 : a fundamental quark that has an electric charge of +²/₃ and a measured energy of approximately 1.5 GeV; also : the flavor characterizing this particle

charmless

play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of charm in a Sentence

  1. He keeps a horseshoe as a good luck charm.

  2. He fell under the spell of her charms.

  3. The resort has many charms.

  4. The inn has a quaint charm.

  5. The island possesses great charm.

  6. The new curtains add charm to the room.

  7. The seaside location is a big part of the house's charm.

  8. He won her over with his charm.

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Origin and Etymology of charm

Middle English charme, from Anglo-French, from Latin carmen song, from canere to sing — more at chant

charm Synonyms

Synonyms
amulet, fetish (also fetich), mascot, mojo, periapt, phylactery, talisman
Antonyms
hoodoo, jinx
Related Words
gris-gris (also grigri), juju, philter, toadstone; emblem, symbol, token, totem
Near Antonyms
curse, hex, spell

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charm

verb

Definition of charm

transitive verb
1 a : to affect by or as if by magic : compel
b : to please, soothe, or delight by compelling attraction
  • charms customers with his suave manner
2 : to endow with or as if with supernatural powers by means of charms; also : to protect by or as if by spells, charms, or supernatural influences
3 : to control (an animal) typically by charms (such as the playing of music)
  • charm a snake
intransitive verb
1 : to practice magic and enchantment
  • witches having the power to charm
2 : to have the effect of a charm : fascinate
  • The village charms by its quaintness.

charmer

play \ˈchär-mər\ noun

Examples of charm in a Sentence

  1. The snake was charmed by the music.

  2. He was known for his ability to charm voters.

  3. He charmed the committee into approving his proposal.

  4. I was charmed by the cozy country inn.

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Origin and Etymology of charm

see 1charm

Synonym Discussion of charm

attract, allure, charm, captivate, fascinate, enchant mean to draw another by exerting a powerful influence. attract applies to any degree or kind of ability to exert influence over another.
    • students attracted by the school's locale
allure implies an enticing by what is fair, pleasing, or seductive.
    • an alluring smile
charm implies the power of casting a spell over the person or thing affected and so compelling a response
    • charmed by their hospitality
, but it may, like captivate, suggest no more than evoking delight or admiration.
    • her performances captivated audiences
fascinate suggests a magical influence and tends to stress the ineffectiveness of attempts to resist.
    • a story that continues to fascinate children
enchant is perhaps the strongest of these terms in stressing the appeal of the agent and the degree of delight evoked in the subject.
    • hopelessly enchanted by her beauty


CHARM Defined for English Language Learners

charm

noun

Definition of charm for English Language Learners

  • : something that is believed to have magic powers and especially to prevent bad luck

  • : a small object that is worn on a chain or bracelet

  • : a quality that causes someone or something to be very likeable : an attractive quality


charm

verb

Definition of charm for English Language Learners

  • : to put a spell on (someone or something)

  • : to cause (someone) to like you or to do what you want by being nice, friendly, etc.

  • : to attract (someone) by being beautiful or welcoming


CHARM Defined for Kids

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charm

noun \ ˈchärm \

Definition of charm for Students

1 : an action, word, or phrase believed to have magic powers
2 : something believed to keep away evil and bring good luck
3 : a small decorative object worn on a chain or bracelet
4 : a quality that attracts and pleases

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charm

verb

Definition of charm for Students

charmed; charming
1 : to affect or influence by or as if by a magic spell
  • He charmed the group into supporting him.
2 : fascinate 2, delight
  • The penguins were all charmed by the sparkling lights and the confusion of the city below.
  • —Richard and Florence Atwater, Mr. Popper's Penguins
3 : to attract by being graceful, beautiful, or welcoming
  • I was charmed by the countryside.
4 : to protect by or as if by a charm
  • She leads a charmed life.


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