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 \ ˈchär-​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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Nevertheless, two of the most charming works here feel more decorative than utilitarian. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "‘Masterpieces of French Faience: Selections From the Sidney R. Knafel Collection’ Review: Not Dishwasher Safe," 1 Jan. 2019 Lee’s gay Regency road trip novel A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue was one of the most charming books of 2017, and its sequel will come out in October. Constance Grady, Vox, "7 authors tell us how 20 years of Harry Potter shaped their lives," 31 Aug. 2018 His little fall outfit is too charming, with a baby blue sweater paired with bloomers, tights, and shoes. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Louis Holding Kate Middleton's Hand in the Royal Christmas Card Is So Pure," 14 Dec. 2018 Daria and her Lawndale crew just made the experience all the more charming. Seventeen, "The 20 Greatest TV Teen Dramas of All Time," 4 Dec. 2018 The results of Princess Charlotte and Prince George's designs are sure to be delightful, in the same way that a child's art is—the stranger, the more charming. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Charlotte and Prince George Will Have Their Own Tree to Decorate This Christmas," 2 Dec. 2018 Keep an eye out for the charming town of Mount Vernon (named for President George Washington’s final resting place in Virginia), tucked between the evergreen-forested San Juan Islands and the Cascade Mountains. Jennifer Franklin, USA TODAY, "See the coast, cities and mountain peaks on this trip of a lifetime to the Canadian Rockies," 9 July 2018 Drive 25 miles south, through the charming extra tiny towns of Forks of Salmon and Callahan, to the Carter Meadows Summit Trailhead and hike the extremely mellow 1.7 miles shaded by ponderosa pines to Hidden Lake. Joe Jackson, San Francisco Chronicle, "One Day, One Place: Etna, California," 8 June 2018 Chiang Mai had matured from a charming traditional town into a hip, bustling city reminiscent of Brooklyn. Joyce Eisenberg,, "Personal Journey: Two round-the-world trips, three decades apart," 13 Apr. 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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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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