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 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

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

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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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 While no Democrat this cycle commands the stage like Reagan, Pete Buttigieg boasts his own form of charm. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Joe Biden wants to be a normal president in a highly abnormal age.," 6 Jan. 2020 So if your pad is within the vicinity of historic charm, include the location of nearby landmarks to visit. Andrea Wurzburger, PEOPLE.com, "The Bachelorette's JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers Reveal 2 Huge Relationship Rules They Broke," 29 Oct. 2019 Erast Fandorin, a young man of irresistible charm, is sent to investigate. courant.com, "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 24 Oct. 2019 Since there were no gold or precious objects in the trove, which wealthy citizens of Pompeii liked to flaunt, the cache of charms was likely not owned by the mistress of the house or a member of the family. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "A Sorceress’s Kit Was Discovered in the Ashes of Pompeii," 14 Aug. 2019 Acquaintances from the 90s and early 2000s remember Maxwell as an outgoing, slightly cheeky fixture on the party circuit who dressed well and had a surfeit of British charm. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "After Jeffrey Epstein's Death, What Happens to Ghislaine Maxwell?," 13 Aug. 2019 Part of rice vermicelli’s charm is its bouncy, fluffy, ultra-thin texture, qualities that angel hair can never achieve. Carla Lalli Music, Bon Appétit, "You Couldn’t Pay Me to Eat Angel Hair," 25 July 2019 Much of Mustafa’s charm and personality comes from Shroff infusing his own star mannerisms into the character. Devarsi Ghosh, Quartz India, "From India’s numerous web originals of 2019, these 10 characters stand out," 26 Dec. 2019 The Montage Deer Valley, which offers ski-in/ski-out access and plenty of holiday charm. 12. Judy Koutsky, Condé Nast Traveler, "22 Snow-Filled Christmas Vacation Ideas," 3 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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. SI.com, "Transfer Rumours: Kean to Dortmund, Tottenham's Trippier Replacement, 3 Rafael Leao Bids & More," 18 July 2019 The French New Wave pioneer who for decades beguiled, challenged and charmed moviegoers in films that inspired generations of filmmakers. Bernard Mcghee, Twin Cities, "Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2019," 29 Dec. 2019 The French New Wave pioneer who for decades beguiled, challenged and charmed moviegoers in films that inspired generations of filmmakers. Washington Post, "Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2019," 27 Dec. 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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The first known use of charm was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Charm.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/charmer?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=c&file=charm003. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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charm

noun
How to pronounce charm (audio)

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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