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 charmingly (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 Root & Bone locations in Miami and New York City feature rustic wood and brick surfaces, neutral tones and charming housewares scattered about. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "These are the most exciting Indianapolis restaurants opening in 2020," 31 Dec. 2019 Tupelo is preparing for the big one, Elvis’ 85th birthday coming up January 8th, when the charming little Mississippi town will explode into a massive birthday party. Verna Gates, al, "How to spend 24 hours in Tupelo, Mississippi," 30 Dec. 2019 Taylor is quite possibly the world's goofiest racing driver (a good thing), charming NASCAR fans with his Rodney Sandstorm alter ego. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "A “Cybertruck” goes on sale for $10,800—in Russia," 27 Dec. 2019 The production features sumptuous costumes and impressive backdrops and 12-foot puppets (elephant, bull, bear and a particularly charming French unicorn). Eric E. Harrison, Arkansas Online, "DANCE REVIEW: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in Little Rock," 26 Dec. 2019 Helmed by Zach Kolomeir, the former chef de cuisine at Montreal’s bacchanalian bistro Joe Beef, Dreyfus is an unquestionably charming, unquestionably diminutive French-ish bistro tucked inside a brick row house. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "If I Lived in Toronto, Every Dinner Date Would Be at Dreyfus," 9 Dec. 2019 The result is a captivating, charming visual journey that complements the dreamy album. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Mxmtoon Brings Her Debut Album the masquerade to Life Through a Charming Graphic Novel and Animated Short Film," 21 Nov. 2019 Fans who have fallen in love with Brown's fierce attitude, charming smile, and willingness to be totally herself won't have to get too sad about the ballroom competition show coming to an end in the near future. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Hannah Brown Says She's Not Done With Reality TV Just Yet," 9 Nov. 2019 Silverman’s zingy script gives the design team and the lively, charming cast endless opportunities to amuse. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "Theater in L.A. this week: ‘Miss Saigon’ and more," 29 Sep. 2019

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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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9 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Charming.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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