charm·​ing ˈchär-miŋ How to pronounce charming (audio)
: extremely pleasing or delightful : entrancing
a charming restaurant
has such charming manners
charmingly adverb

Example Sentences

a charming little café by the sea a charming man who had no problem winning women's hearts
Recent Examples on the Web Colin Farrell having a story tied to each of his co-stars was throughly charming, precise but giving the illusion of being rambling. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Jan. 2023 Set against the backdrop of Lagos, two best friends, Uche and Toyin, fall in love with Sunday, a charming, yet flawed eligible bachelor. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 9 Jan. 2023 After a bumpy transition to college, Gilmore Girls found a new rhythm in season five, which was just as funny and self-assured as the first three installments (if not quite as charming). Janey Tracey,, 29 Dec. 2022 Being charming, flirtatious, and naturally beautiful are other Libra traits. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 29 Dec. 2022 This heartfelt British coming-of-age series is an absolute delight — charming, funny, angsty and, yes, heart-stopping. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Dec. 2022 Voiced by comedian Jenny Slate, Marcel is humble, charming, and earnest. The Editors, Outside Online, 21 Dec. 2022 Pinocchio is so charming — using bold colors and a mixture of textures to create a lovely, warm, family-friendly experience. Barry Levitt, Vulture, 7 Dec. 2022 While not quite as well known as Charlie Brown’s Christmas or Halloween specials, this chapter in the lovable loser’s saga is just as charming. R. Eric Thomas, ELLE, 23 Nov. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'charming.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History


from present participle of charm entry 2

First Known Use

1664, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of charming was in 1664

Dictionary Entries Near charming

Cite this Entry

“Charming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


charm·​ing ˈchärm-iŋ How to pronounce charming (audio)
: pleasant and attractive especially in manner
a charming person

More from Merriam-Webster on charming

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?