\ ˈchärm How to pronounce charm (audio) \

Definition of charm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
3a : a trait that fascinates, allures, or delights the charm of this imaginative story
b : a physical grace (see grace entry 1 sense 3) or attraction used in pluralher 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


charmed; charming; charms

Definition of charm (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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.

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Other Words from charm


charmless \ ˈchärm-​ləs How to pronounce charmless (audio) \ adjective


charmer \ ˈchär-​mər How to pronounce charmer (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for charm

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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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

Examples of charm in a Sentence

Noun He keeps a horseshoe as a good luck charm. He fell under the spell of her charms. The resort has many charms. The inn has a quaint charm. The island possesses great charm. The new curtains add charm to the room. The seaside location is a big part of the house's charm. He won her over with his charm. Verb The snake was charmed by the music. He was known for his ability to charm voters. He charmed the committee into approving his proposal. I was charmed by the cozy country inn.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Overshadowed by the charm of smaller towns like Cusco, the Peruvian capital tends to get (unfairly) written off as just another big Latin American city. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "Some of Peru's Oldest Ruins Are Right in the Middle of Lima," 27 Jan. 2020 Intolerance presents only minor obstacles, surmountable by charm and persuasion. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "AJ and the Queen Says Drag Will Make America Okay Again," 15 Jan. 2020 And the Village of Wauwatosa just has a really great vibe, kind of a European charm. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Draft and Vessel plans to open its second Milwaukee-area craft beer bar in Wauwatosa," 6 Jan. 2020 Its visual design is characterized by 13th-century charm, but King Edward is never without his cellphone and loves playing video games. Patti Restivo,, "Stunning ‘E2’ examines intersection of sexuality and power in Howard Community College production," 8 Nov. 2019 This will happen with any candidate the Democratic Party nominates, but Biden stands apart in his unwillingness to recognize this—to acknowledge that our political reality will not be reordered by his personal charm. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Joe Biden’s Case for the Presidency Is Collapsing," 9 Oct. 2019 Manaea had his small-town charm on display Tuesday at the Coliseum, delighting a crowd of local and national media with his honesty. Susan Slusser,, "How A’s Sean Manaea went from nearly out of rotation to wild-card starter," 1 Oct. 2019 Their aesthetic takes the best elements of arena rock and boat shoe crescendos reminiscent of Steely Dan's signature sound, with each song accentuated by the band's charm, charisma and enduring energy. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Bombargo's Rocking Good Set Bombards the Hotel Cafe for Debut U.S. Show," 21 Sep. 2019 And the vibrant downtown and burgeoning arts scene have helped cement its reputation for small town charm. Layla Khoury-hanold,, "Fresh Marquette: Outdoor sports haven in Michigan’s U.P. serves up booming culinary scene," 28 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb From 1936 to 1966, Baltimore had charmed its residents with a big-time holiday parade on Thanksgiving, complete with marching bands, floats, clowns and giant inflatable balloons. Chris Kaltenbach,, "Baltimore’s Christmas parade, a tradition as resilient as the holidays," 5 Dec. 2019 In fact, the smiles on this family’s faces have charmed the internet far and wide to the tune of 2 million views on the Twitter post. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Everyone's Obsessed With the Hilarious Family in This Elaborate Funeral for a Pet Lizard," 5 Aug. 2019 Watch the trailer for yourself, below, and prepare to be charmed. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby," 20 Nov. 2019 The former Georgia governor seemed to charm the crowd with his southern accent and jokes about getting swiped in the face by a cow’s tail. Todd Richmond, Twin Cities, "USDA secretary: There’s no guarantee small dairy farms will survive," 1 Oct. 2019 The former Georgia governor seemed to charm the crowd with his southern accent and jokes about getting swiped in the face by a cow’s tail. Todd Richmond, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ag secretary: No guarantee small dairy farms will survive," 1 Oct. 2019 Herb & Wood, San Diego Hernandez stumbled on this combination market and eatery on a recent visit and was charmed by the homey atmosphere with couch seating – and the toast. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "Who needs guacamole? 10 great places that elevate avocado toast," 13 Sep. 2019 She was immediately taken with it; charmed by its architecture and saddened by its abandonment. Mary Wakeford, azcentral, "Couple finds the perfect Victorian home in Peoria. Take a look," 22 Aug. 2019 Thing is, apparently the English clubs aren't too charmed by that €35m evaluation., "Transfer Rumours: Kean to Dortmund, Tottenham's Trippier Replacement, 3 Rafael Leao Bids & More," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of charm


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for charm

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of charm was in the 14th century

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15 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Charm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of charm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of charm (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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


\ ˈchärm How to pronounce charm (audio) \

Kids Definition of charm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


charmed; charming

Kids Definition of charm (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to affect or influence by or as if by a magic spell He charmed the group into supporting him.
2 : fascinate sense 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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