charm·​ing | \ ˈchär-miŋ How to pronounce charming (audio) \

Definition of charming

: extremely pleasing or delightful : entrancing a charming restaurant has such charming manners

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Other Words from charming

charmingly \ ˈchär-​miŋ-​lē How to pronounce charming (audio) \ adverb

Examples of charming in a Sentence

a charming little café by the sea a charming man who had no problem winning women's hearts
Recent Examples on the Web Other vegetarian sandwiches are put to shame at this charming lunch counter in Berkeley. Janelle Bitker,, "11 vegetable-centric takeout options from Bay Area restaurants for New Year’s health kicks," 12 Jan. 2021 Everything in this first episode is as charming as a television program can be. Alice Burton, Vulture, "All Creatures Great and Small," 10 Jan. 2021 Play with your aesthetic, flirt, and socialize as charming Venus makes a trine with enigmatic Uranus in retrograde. Venus Australis,, "Your Horoscope This Week," 10 Jan. 2021 But what was more charming was seeing stars dress up for no occasion at all. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "This Year, Stars Turned Their Living Rooms Into Red Carpets," 23 Dec. 2020 Winslet lands in Los Angeles, living in a mansion and learning to be the main character of her own life with the help of the incomparable Eli Wallach and Jack Black (who is actually charming in this film). Laura Johnston, cleveland, "What movies do you watch over and over? Our list of favorites to enjoy with family this holiday season," 19 Dec. 2020 My son, Will, is the younger, smarter, more strategic, more charming version of me. Dalton Ross,, "Survivor Quarantine Questionnaire: Brendan Shapiro shares biggest regret from Ghost Island," 4 Sep. 2020 He's equally adept at comic timing, making Nathan—who could have been just another obnoxious tech-bro—a charming, warm, and likable character, despite his obvious flaws. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "TV Technica 2020: Our favorite shows and binges in a year of living distantly," 26 Dec. 2020 So, in terms of the concept of the character, Steve is — on the surface — very charming, but actually fairly psychotic and abusive. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Best of 2020 (Behind the Scenes): The story behind James Marsden's unexpected return to Dead to Me," 22 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of charming

1634, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for charming

see charm entry 1

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The first known use of charming was in 1634

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19 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Charming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce charming (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of charming

: very pleasing or appealing : full of charm


charm·​ing | \ ˈchär-miŋ \

Kids Definition of charming

: very pleasing a charming old inn

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