charming

adjective
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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Comedians like Ellen are still charming, largely because her work touches upon what people are still going through. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Can't Men Like Louis C.K. Accept Their Ideas Are Outdated?," 4 Jan. 2019 Plus, Wilson makes the character so darn charming and likable, nobody is surprised when Luther finally succumbs to her invitation to flee London with her at the end of season 3. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Luther is back and as broody as ever in new trailer for fifth season," 29 Nov. 2018 And a charming, tousle-haired Brit named Alex Davies would end up taking the lead. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Come to Kyoto for the Sake, Stay for the Gin," 17 Aug. 2018 Chalamet makes for a natural Laurie, the charming and rich neighbor who falls in love with the March family and ends up proposing to two of the sisters. Glenn Whipp, latimes.com, "Why it's a perfect time for Greta Gerwig's version of 'Little Women'," 5 July 2018 At a time when the storied Vice Lords street gang controlled nearly all of the West Side, House — a stout, intimidating, yet charming and approachable chieftain — could compel order from even the angriest young men on the block. William Lee, chicagotribune.com, "Fierce gang leader went from death row to respected 'Mayor of Chicago Avenue'," 29 June 2018 Samuel Gui Yang’s thoughtful show at the Power Art Station for Labelhood (the Chinese talent incubator by Tasha Liu and Justin Peng) reinterpreted traditional Chinese garments and details in surprising, charming ways. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Designers to Watch and the Trends to Know From Shanghai Fashion Week," 18 Oct. 2018 Looking for a charming way to display and store your essentials? Maria Cassano, Allure, "The 15 Best Shower Organizers You Can Get Online Right Now," 5 Aug. 2018 Star magnolia blossoms are unusual, with narrow petals and a bit floppy, in a charming way. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: The first star magnolia to bloom in spring," 19 Apr. 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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More Definitions for charming

charming

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of charming

: very pleasing or appealing : full of charm

charming

adjective
charm·​ing | \ ˈchär-miŋ\

Kids Definition of charming

: very pleasing a charming old inn

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