charm·​ing | \ˈchär-miŋ \

Definition of charming 

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

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Other Words from charming

charmingly \ -​miŋ-​lē \ 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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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement story is utterly charming, but there's one detail that fans just can't let go off — the roast chicken. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "Ina Garten Jokes She's Responsible for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Getting Engaged," 26 Oct. 2018 At the beginning, the transition from the Warner Brothers logo on the screen to the computer—with the ferociously-typing keyboard noises, the beeps and boops of the computer—was so charming. Danielle Mcnally, Marie Claire, "We Showed 'You've Got Mail' to Our Gen-Z Coworkers and Now Feel Very Old," 1 Aug. 2018 Bell can be charming or cutthroat, as the moment requires. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, "The Reputation-Laundering Firm That Ruined Its Own Reputation," 25 May 2018 Despite the driven, dominating fruit shown on the palate, however, the finish is warm, charming and pleasant, easily inviting you back for another sip. Breanne L. Heldman,, "The Walking Dead's Latest Wines Allow You to Toast Michonne, Maggie and Carol," 21 May 2018 The only thing more charming than Two Gentlemen of Verona in the park is in the park with a puppy The servants steal the show in Midsomer Flight's production. Irene Hsiao, Chicago Reader, "Two Gentlemen of Verona," 13 July 2018 His vacant half smile didn’t seem as charming today. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A transgender girl rises up against alien invaders in Rich Larson’s novel Annex," 8 July 2018 Uptown would be so much more charming if developers would add some big glass buildings. Mark Washburn - Contributing Editor, Observer Editorial Board, charlotteobserver, "Panthers tax? The 20 things we never say in Charlotte," 21 June 2018 While the sequel doesn’t have an emotional arc quite as poignant as the first Incredibles did, its B-plot (which sees Bob playing stay-at-home dad while Helen goes off to save the world) is nonetheless consistently charming. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Incredibles 2 Is an Exhilarating Ride," 13 June 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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The first known use of charming was in 1634

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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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something that serves to warn or remind

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