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
Recent Examples on the Web Ultimately, a slight wonkiness to the composition is quite charming, and makes the space feel more collected and lived-in. Leilani Marie Labong,, "Art: Create a gallery wall," 14 May 2020 Our society, Adams says, loves abusers, who can be charming, charismatic, and successful, beloved by institutions dedicated to elevating male authority and vanity, such as the National Football League and the Catholic Church. Caroline Fraser, The New York Review of Books, "When Will We Care About Domestic Violence?," 13 May 2020 Texas has no shortage of charming small towns or expansive mega-mansions. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Big real estate in small Texas towns," 28 Jan. 2020 Milan is a small city in Monroe and Washtenaw counties known for a charming historic downtown, beautiful parks and safe neighborhoods, as well as home to the region's federal prison, The Federal Correctional Institution, Milan. Bisma Parvez, Detroit Free Press, "How Milan residents are staying connected during coronavirus social distancing," 25 Mar. 2020 Set in a lovely canalside paper mill that was operational for more than 500 years in Basel’s charming St. Alban-Tor neighborhood, the child-friendly museum offers fun hands on exhibits that illuminate the history of printing, paper and writing. Dave Seminara, New York Times, "36 Hours in Basel," 20 Feb. 2020 Not to spoil the ending, but the whole thing concludes with a story about the moon that is equal parts charming, heartbreaking, and horny. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Jenny Slate Found Love in a Hopeful Place," 22 Oct. 2019 Continue on to charming accommodations for a relaxing evening. Jordan Harvey, Travel + Leisure, "Jordan Harvey's 14-day Itinerary to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos," 23 Apr. 2020 At a time when people are having to isolate themselves, this charming debut novel by Beth Morrey is a balm. Monitor Reviewers, The Christian Science Monitor, "Stay inside with the 10 best books of April," 17 Apr. 2020

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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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28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Charming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce charming (audio)

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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