enchantment

noun

en·​chant·​ment in-ˈchant-mənt How to pronounce enchantment (audio)
en-
1
a
: the act or art of enchanting
b
: the quality or state of being enchanted
As the newness of the projects wore off, however, their enchantment with the apartment faded. Charles Whitaker
2
: something that enchants
the enchantments of sailing
3
: a magic spell
"Why would you be mad to try and rob Gringotts?" Harry asked. "Spells—enchantments," said Hagrid … J. K. Rowling
"She has made an enchantment over the whole country so that it is always winter here and never Christmas." C. S. Lewis

Example Sentences

Our enchantment faded when we found that the house needed even more repairs. the enchantment of a snowy field bathed in moonlight He writes about the dangers as well as the enchantments of sailing. stories about wizards and enchantments
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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of enchantment was in the 13th century

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“Enchantment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enchantment. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

enchantment

noun

en·​chant·​ment in-ˈchant-mənt How to pronounce enchantment (audio)
1
: the act or art of enchanting : the state of being enchanted
2
: something that enchants : spell

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