charm

noun
\ 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 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

charm

verb
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

Noun

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

Verb

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for charm

Synonyms: Noun

amulet, fetish (also fetich), mascot, mojo, periapt, phylactery, talisman

Synonyms: Verb

allure, beguile, bewitch, captivate, enchant, fascinate, kill, magnetize, wile, witch [archaic]

Antonyms: Noun

hoodoo, jinx

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Verb

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

There is a certain charm to a walk-or-drive-up-only fast food window. oregonlive, "These are top 5 Portland-area Dairy Queen locations, according to readers," 12 Sep. 2019 Mane has often proven to be a lucky charm for Liverpool. SI.com, "Liverpool Make Small Piece of Premier League History With Record-Breaking Win Over Burnley," 1 Sep. 2019 And Mr Macron has learned the hard way that efforts to charm and cajole Mr Trump into better behaviour are usually in vain. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron reclaims France’s international role," 29 Aug. 2019 For John Kasich, the third time won’t be the charm. Fortune, "Kasich Says He Doesn’t See Path to Beat Trump–and Other 2020 Updates," 28 Aug. 2019 Annie Abrams is a mysterious German secret agent, a Scottish farmer’s amorous young wife and a prim stranger on a train who is impervious to Hannay’s charm but becomes ensnared in his plight nonetheless. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: TheatreWorks delivers madcap comedy ’39 Steps’ with a sure hand," 26 Aug. 2019 There are also two bedrooms, one has a claw-foot tub that adds to the space's historic charm. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Make your short Texas getaways memorable by booking a unique rental, from a house boat to a prison," 23 Aug. 2019 Best preseason game for Andy Dalton The third series was the charm for Andy Dalton. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "The 5 keys: What we learned from Cincinnati Bengals' 25-23 loss to the New York Giants," 23 Aug. 2019 Vintage is key to the charm, including chairs thrifted from across the Midwest and restored by Middle Brow’s carpenter. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "With beer, pizza and pastiche, Middle Brow brewery makes Bungalow brewpub feel like home," 21 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Within two months, the sisters have amassed thousands of followers and charmed the hearts of people around the world for their spunk, charisma, and sweet interactions — often recorded in videos on their account, @tiptontwins. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Britain's Oldest Twins Say They're 95 and Thriving Because of 'No Sex and Plenty of Guinness'," 10 Sep. 2019 Little Italy This quaint neighborhood is the place to go for charming Italian restaurants and bakeries, wine bars, and boutique shopping. Laura Ratliff, Condé Nast Traveler, "14 Best Things to Do in San Diego," 27 Feb. 2018 New products are chasing this trend, some delicious, some atrocious, some – like the trendy nonalcoholic botanical spirit Seedlip — that can charm or vanish, depending on the rest of the drink. M. Carrie Allan, The Denver Post, "No alcohol, no problem: How to make complex, balanced zero-proof cocktails," 23 Aug. 2019 New products are chasing this trend, some delicious, some atrocious, some — like the trendy nonalcoholic botanical spirit Seedlip — that can charm or vanish, depending on the rest of the drink. M. Carrie Allan, Twin Cities, "No alcohol, no problem: How to make complex, balanced zero-proof cocktails," 19 Aug. 2019 New products are chasing this trend, some delicious, some atrocious, some — like the trendy nonalcoholic botanical spirit Seedlip — that can charm or vanish, depending on the rest of the drink. M. Carrie Allan, Washington Post, "No alcohol, no problem: How to make complex, balanced zero-proof cocktails," 14 Aug. 2019 Qualley, 24, shares most of her screen time with Brad Pitt as Pussycat, a Manson Family member who charms Pitt’s Cliff Booth. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "From Rumer Willis to Maya Hawke: All the Famous Kids in Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood," 31 July 2019 Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥 Grade: B The Bookish Life of Nina Hill By Abbi Waxman Review: With The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, Abbi Waxman offers up a quirky, eccentric romance that will charm any bookworm. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Hot Stuff: July romances offer 'knotty' self-discovery," 30 July 2019 As for the evening’s honors, Brandon Maxwell, the stylist to Lady Gaga who now designs dresses with Old World panache, took home Womenswear Designer of the Year and gave an effusive speech that charmed the audience. Max Berlinger, latimes.com, "Diane von Furstenberg, Tom Ford and Jennifer Lopez celebrate at the CFDA Fashion Awards," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of charm

Noun

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

Verb

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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charm

noun

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

charm

verb

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

charm

noun
\ 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

charm

verb
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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