\ ˈchärm How to pronounce charm (audio) \

Definition of charm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the chanting or reciting of a magic spell : incantation
b : a practice or expression believed to have magic power
2 : something worn about the person to ward off evil or ensure good fortune : amulet wore a rabbit's foot as a good-luck charm
3a : a trait that fascinates, allures, or delights the charm of this imaginative story
b : a physical grace (see grace entry 1 sense 3) or attraction used in pluralher feminine charms
c : compelling attractiveness the island possessed great charm
4 : a small ornament worn on a bracelet or chain Her sister presented her with a sterling silver charm for her bracelet.
5 : a fundamental quark that has an electric charge of +²/₃ and a measured energy of approximately 1.5 GeV also : the flavor characterizing this particle


charmed; charming; charms

Definition of charm (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to affect by or as if by magic : compel
b : to please, soothe, or delight by compelling attraction charms customers with his suave manner
2 : to endow with or as if with supernatural powers by means of charms also : to protect by or as if by spells, charms, or supernatural influences
3 : to control (an animal) typically by charms (such as the playing of music) charm a snake

intransitive verb

1 : to practice magic and enchantment witches having the power to charm
2 : to have the effect of a charm : fascinate The village charms by its quaintness.

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Other Words from charm


charmless \ ˈchärm-​ləs How to pronounce charmless (audio) \ adjective


charmer \ ˈchär-​mər How to pronounce charmer (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for charm

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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attract, allure, charm, captivate, fascinate, enchant mean to draw another by exerting a powerful influence. attract applies to any degree or kind of ability to exert influence over another. students attracted by the school's locale allure implies an enticing by what is fair, pleasing, or seductive. an alluring smile charm implies the power of casting a spell over the person or thing affected and so compelling a response charmed by their hospitality , but it may, like captivate, suggest no more than evoking delight or admiration. her performances captivated audiences fascinate suggests a magical influence and tends to stress the ineffectiveness of attempts to resist. a story that continues to fascinate children enchant is perhaps the strongest of these terms in stressing the appeal of the agent and the degree of delight evoked in the subject. hopelessly enchanted by her beauty

Examples of charm in a Sentence

Noun He keeps a horseshoe as a good luck charm. He fell under the spell of her charms. The resort has many charms. The inn has a quaint charm. The island possesses great charm. The new curtains add charm to the room. The seaside location is a big part of the house's charm. He won her over with his charm. Verb The snake was charmed by the music. He was known for his ability to charm voters. He charmed the committee into approving his proposal. I was charmed by the cozy country inn.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun It’s hard for little ones to resist her charms—she’ll roll right up to them, planting a wet nose boop on their cheek, sniffing their hair with all her might. Samantha Weiss-hills, House Beautiful, "Please Don't Pet My Dog Right Now," 23 Mar. 2020 Beattie and Magnotta own the store without backers or investors—has been key to its charm. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Go Where It’s Warm: How New York’s Favorite Local Shop is Weathering the Coronavirus Outbreak," 19 Mar. 2020 Horse lovers will be the moviegoers most vulnerable to its modest charms. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ride Like a Girl': Film Review," 12 Mar. 2020 Looks like the second time's the charm for the effort to build a new Wayne County Jail and courthouse complex. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "New Wayne County jail complex rising rapidly near I-75 in Detroit. Here's a look at its progress.," 17 Dec. 2019 The mistake is in dismissing the value of those calls to anyone just because the charms are elusive to you. Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: What’s the big idea, putting down small talk?," 15 Dec. 2019 Thus the film cuts Emma's pretensions down to size without ever diminishing her charms, or her fundamental goodness. Ted Scheinman, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Autumn de Wilde’s ‘Emma’ Gets Right About Jane Austen’s Irony," 5 Mar. 2020 Seamus McCaffrey’s The iconic pub is known for its impressive selection of whiskeys and Irish brews on tap and its dark hole-in-the-wall charm in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "13 great Irish pubs in metro Phoenix," 28 Feb. 2020 His good luck charm was a little leprechaun stuffed doll. Matt Wake |, al, "How Alabama vets helped shape a Samuel L. Jackson movie," 25 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Texas is home to some of the most beautiful and picturesque areas, from charming Texas Hill Country towns with amazing views to wonderful options right in your own backyard near Houston. Sonia Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "These Texas towns are just the ticket for you to consider retirement," 18 Mar. 2020 Shop like a local Spending the day hanging on Colorado Avenue, Telluride’s charming main boulevard that’s lined with Victorian buildings, is a must-do for any visitor. Nicole Cormier, Dallas News, "Experience Telluride like a local," 14 Feb. 2020 Aside from a few youthful indiscretions, Harry grew up to be a popular, charming young man. Hasit Shah, Quartz, "The UK’s first black royal has already walked away," 9 Jan. 2020 Among the collection of charming small villages and towns in Kauai is Hanalei. Sarah Wesley Lemire,, "Aloha spirit in Hawaii: Maui and Kauai a perfect pairing," 12 Dec. 2019 The charming 500 remains the design star of Fiat with a 99-day supply as of Oct. 1, although Fiat is discontinuing the model in North America once the current supply runs out. Larry Printz,, "The least popular car in America is practical and affordable. So why isn’t it selling?," 6 Dec. 2019 But there is something charming about the fundamentally useless vest, with its ability to skim the body and highlight the waist. Vogue, "Is Fashion Ready for the Return of the Tiny Little Vest?," 25 Sep. 2019 Some readers have long wanted to find aspects of Schulz’s personality within such main characters as hard-luck Charlie Brown and the ever-charming Snoopy. Michael Cavna, Twin Cities, "How Charles Schulz finally named that bird Woodstock after the 1969 music festival," 18 Aug. 2019 Like most of Salzburg society, I was thoroughly charmed the first time Captain von Trapp’s children gathered by the staircase to serenade us. Max Werner, The New Yorker, "Another Dinner Party, Another “Impromptu” von Trapp Family Concert," 3 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of charm


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for charm

Noun and Verb

Middle English charme, from Anglo-French, from Latin carmen song, from canere to sing — more at chant

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The first known use of charm was in the 14th century

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28 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Charm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of charm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something that is believed to have magic powers and especially to prevent bad luck
: a small object that is worn on a chain or bracelet
: a quality that causes someone or something to be very likeable : an attractive quality



English Language Learners Definition of charm (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put a spell on (someone or something)
: to cause (someone) to like you or to do what you want by being nice, friendly, etc.
: to attract (someone) by being beautiful or welcoming


\ ˈchärm How to pronounce charm (audio) \

Kids Definition of charm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an action, word, or phrase believed to have magic powers
2 : something believed to keep away evil and bring good luck
3 : a small decorative object worn on a chain or bracelet
4 : a quality that attracts and pleases


charmed; charming

Kids Definition of charm (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to affect or influence by or as if by a magic spell He charmed the group into supporting him.
2 : fascinate sense 2, delight The penguins were all charmed by the sparkling lights and the confusion of the city below.— Richard and Florence Atwater, Mr. Popper's Penguins
3 : to attract by being graceful, beautiful, or welcoming I was charmed by the countryside.
4 : to protect by or as if by a charm She leads a charmed life.

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