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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Nordstrom The ruffles and the Peter Pan collar are so charming, and the melodramatic purple color feels modern. Lindsay Peoples, The Cut, "What to Wear to a Bridal Shower," 2 July 2018 Take Flight,’ which was absolutely charming and amazing. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "KC Fringe Festival brings an adventurous spirit to classical themes," 13 July 2018 There’s some comfort, though, in this Encores! revival of one of his most charming and best-loved musicals, written for the Civilians with a book by Steve Cosson. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "10 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 5 July 2018 Everything is beautifully done, and the effect is charming and surprising. Polly Campbell,, "Clyborne Provisions and Spirits is a suburban surprise," 27 June 2018 The street has always been charming and locals have always enjoyed it. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Lincoln Road keeps growing — and its small businesses keep closing," 25 June 2018 As in the last movie, Chris Pratt is charming and handsome and funny. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "We’re Going to Need a Bigger Island," 22 June 2018 Invariably described as charming and personable, Mr. Higdon raised millions of dollars for the organization, which provides support for some of Prince Charles’s primary interests, including architecture, historic preservation and the environment. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Robert M. Higdon, fundraiser and longtime Reagan family associate, dies at 58," 21 June 2018 In honor of his delightfully charming and odd story about his summer activities, here’s Saban chatting with Tim Tebow and ESPN’s Marty Smith and then jumping off his boat garage on Lake Burton in Georgia. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Nick Saban shares quirky story about bathing in the lake every day," 8 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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characteristic trappings or dress

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