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

The timelessness of this uptown Jewish deli is about three-quarters of the charm. Bon Appétit, "There are restaurant lists with rankings. And there are restaurant lists with purpose. This is the latter.," 9 July 2019 One of the newest additions to the Lindstrom dining scene, Gustaf’s on Main Eatery in the historic Gustaf Anderson red brick house offers plenty of charm. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Day trip to Chisago City, Lindstrom and Center City for shopping, dining with Scandinavian flair," 7 July 2019 Murray has plenty of charms, but catching the ball isn’t one of them. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Fantasy Football 2019: Six Players Not as Valuable as Their Current Draft Position Indicates," 2 July 2019 Landmarks: Part of the area’s charm is its connection with the past. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "La Mesa & Mount Helix: The one-time silent-movie mecca still offers Secret Stairs and a famous climate," 30 June 2019 The clean lines and simplicity lend a sense of charm to the entire studio. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "This is the Most Ingenious Studio Apartment You'll Ever See," 28 June 2019 For those who don’t remember high school, or who are actively trying to forget it, his brand of aw-shucks charm still makes him extremely easy to root for. Mike Scott, nola.com, "‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ movie review: Fun, but far from perfect," 27 June 2019 Old homes can be full of charm, but no one will mistake them for being energy efficient. Anna Bahney, CNN, "Making an old home healthier for you and the environment," 18 June 2019 This season, the duo have taken on a sort of inept charm in their misadventures together, reminiscent of Legends of Tomorrow’s time-bros Ray Palmer and Nate Heywood. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "In season 2, Krypton keeps viewers guessing," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Practice self-love on Wednesday, when charming Venus opposes responsible Saturn. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 15 July 2019 Emmy voters ignored season one, but that was before co-star Olivia Colman spent a winter charming the Oscar circuit and Andrew Scott brought his hot priestly divinity to the cast. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: Why Voters Should Give 'Veep,' 'Big Bang Theory' and Other Ending Series One Final Look," 14 June 2019 The Henry Danger stars have charmed fans since the show began in 2014, and the sitcom has now bypassed both iCarly and The Thundermans' 100-episode count, making it the longest-running live-action series in Nickelodeon history. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "Ella Anderson & Riele Downs Reveal Secrets About the Henry Danger Musical," 11 June 2019 Before long, Jeff Goldblum, playing the chaos theorist Ian Malcolm, was pausing, stammering and charming his way through lines about the unpredictability of nature in Jurassic Park. Quanta Magazine, "The Hidden Heroines of Chaos," 20 May 2019 The film made its world premiere last fall at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, and quickly gained a devoted fan base charmed by its wacky pop-culture-mashup hijinks. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New trailer for Anna and the Apocalypse promises undead slaying for holidays," 5 Sep. 2018 At one end, West Euclid near I-10, small old homes beckon young adults charmed by their character, the proximity to downtown and the new rentals available there. San Antonio Express-News, "Subscribe to the San Antonio Express-News," 3 Jan. 2015 Some people thought him vulgar, but most of literary London was charmed; Henry James and Edmund Gosse were especially smitten. Charles Mcgrath, The New Yorker, "Rudyard Kipling in America," 1 July 2019 Milwaukee’s favorite synth-pop band charmed its hometown with an energetic and pulsating performance. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2019: Brandi Carlile, Lonely Island, T-Pain and the best and worst on the side stages on Day 3," 28 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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