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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The entertainer gave his best blue steel face in a trippy suit complete with a cowboy hat, and of course, a pair of his signature charming dimples. Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Diplo, Gucci Mane, A$AP Rocky, SZA, and More," 16 Mar. 2019 Shops Run by a charming young local couple, Lucia and Oriol, Les Topettes is easily the cutest beauty shop on our list. Chris Ciolli, Allure, "Barcelona Travel Guide: 11 Beauty Spots to Visit in Spain’s Most Welcoming City," 11 Mar. 2019 The formula is packed with purple rice bran, which does way more than lend the contents a charming lilac hue. Glamour, "This Moisturizer Instantly Gives Me Dewy Dumpling Skin," 11 Mar. 2019 Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, the celebrity couple that's the definition of #ParentGoals, are being their charming, funny selves all over the place to support their brand-new line of baby products, called Hello Bello. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Kristen Bell Shut Down an Instagram Follower Who Said She's "Exploiting" a Kid for Her New Line," 26 Feb. 2019 Twisting cobblestone streets give this quarter a charming European air, but avoid the overpriced restaurants clustered around the famed Galata Tower. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 Next year is shaping up to be packed with notable releases, from the charming world of Animal Crossing to the violent action of Gears of War. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The 40 games we can’t wait to play in 2019," 26 Dec. 2018 Located a few blocks from the beach, the charming property is bordered by a white picket fence. Jack Flemming,, "‘A Quiet Place’ composer Marco Beltrami gets in tune with a buyer in the Palisades," 15 June 2018 In fact, Vanderbilt's feed happens to be one of the most charming on the internet as a whole. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Anderson Cooper Pays Tribute to His Mother Gloria Vanderbilt on Her 95th Birthday," 20 Feb. 2019

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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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to boil down or concentrate

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