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

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Bono’s description of how Pavarotti sweet-talked his housekeeper to gain access to him is particularly charming. Kenneth Turan, Detroit Free Press, "Ron Howard crafts an emotional tribute to Pavarotti," 27 June 2019 Bono’s description of how Pavarotti sweet-talked his housekeeper to gain access to him is particularly charming. Kenneth Turan,, "Review: With a little help from Ron Howard, ‘Pavarotti’ hits all the right notes," 6 June 2019 The graphic is charming like a floral, but has the same vintage vibe as your favorite prairie dress. Glamour, "This New Spring Dress Trend Is So Much Prettier Than Florals," 20 Apr. 2019 In Solo, Donald Glover's Lando is as charming as he's always been since Empire Strikes Back, and maybe even more into his capes than ever before. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "'Star Wars' writer confirms Lando Calrissian is pansexual in 'Solo'," 17 May 2018 Not least, Luchino taught him how to lose his temper explosively, effectively—and then, in an instant, be charming again. The Economist, "Obituary: Franco Zeffirelli died on June 15th," 21 June 2019 Their pilot was so charming, HGTV signed them for a five-season deal right off the bat. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Chip and Joanna Gaineses' Love Story Is Better Than The Notebook," 19 Apr. 2019 Anyone can visit the charming Canadian city where the network's new Christmas in Love movie was shot. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Hallmark's New 'Christmas in Love' Movie Was Filmed in the Most Romantic Small Town," 11 Nov. 2018 Pieter’s Twitter debut served to change the course of his viral celebrity, turning him from an unfortunate symbol of an unfortunate counter-movement into an unexpectedly charming feminist ally. Aja Romano, Vox, "How a mom’s “This is My Son” anti-feminist brag went viral — and completely backfired," 9 Oct. 2018

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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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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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