\ ˈglam \

Definition of glam

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : extravagantly showy glamour


glammed; glamming; glams

Definition of glam (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make (someone or something) glamorous or more glamorous usually used with up The modern woman has a difficult enough time trying to put together a look that suits her personality and lifestyle without seeing those … supermodels strut the runways of Paris, Milan, and New York all glammed up in a breathtaking Galliano tulle explosion or impeccably tailored Westwood period piece.— Paul MatthewsMaking his feature directorial debut, Director X … shoots in Atlanta instead of Harlem, glamming up the story with fast cars, hip-hop and lots more women than the original …— Sara Stewart sometimes used with out "I don't bother with getting glammed out with fancy stuff like I used to. Now I look for all the bootleg Aerosmith T-shirts, cut all the cool stuff off 'em and have Teresa or Lisa … make 'em into pants."— Steven Tyler

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glam adjective

Examples of glam in a Sentence

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She's also credited her glam squad and Spanx for keeping her looking fit. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson Just Got Real About Her Holiday Weight Gain," 2 Jan. 2019 After a galaxy-spanning collective makes contact with Earth, glam-rocker Danesh Jalo of Decibel Jones and the Absolute Zeros is invited to audition on behalf of humanity to establish that humans are sentient. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The 13 best sci-fi books to check out on your new Kindle," 29 Dec. 2018 The process of selecting what stories will help Americans of all genders start their days happens in the glam room. Anna Peele, Marie Claire, "Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb Reflect on Their Historic Year at Today," 28 Nov. 2018 The pop-up makeup mecca is located in South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA and the aesthetic is alien glam – like, if ET were a beauty blogger. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kim Kardashian is Opening a KKW Beauty Store Today and the Photos Are UNREAL," 4 Dec. 2018 Even in the first series, her apartment was very Deco, more Hollywood glam than the traditional look that the Bluths have. Jen Derose, House Beautiful, "Arrested Development," 21 May 2013 Consider New Years Eve your carte blanch for dialing the glam and gleam on your outfits all the way up. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "6 Chic New Years Eve Outfit Ideas," 17 Dec. 2018 Tuesday night's episode kicked off with fun new dances (inspired by the glam and sin of Las Vegas) and ended with crazy elimination results. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Dancing With the Stars' Fans Are Fuming Over Last Night's Decision to Eliminate Danelle Umstead," 3 Oct. 2018 Claire tweaked her Gypsy Rose design, adding a layer of sparkles under the flowy dress's embroidery to boost its glam factor — and a back slit to make sure Linda could easily cartwheel without ripping her gown, the designer wrote in a blog post. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Property Brothers Fans, Bet You Didn't Notice This About Linda Phan's Wedding Dress," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of glam


1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1940, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glam


short for glamour or glamorous


derivative of glam entry 1

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