\ 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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An infusion of international glam is about to debut in Houston when Nobu opens its gilded doors on June 1. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "First look: Nobu Houston," 30 May 2018 The April 20 affair marked the fundraiser’s quarter-century by packing in a runway show of the glam Alice and Olivia collection by Stacey Bendet and performances by Flo Rida, Elle King and Siedah Garrett. Ellen Olivier,, "Race to Erase MS gala celebrates 25th anniversary with Flo Rida and an Alice and Olivia runway show," 23 Apr. 2018 Take a walk on the wild side with Alexandre Birman’s rainbow sandals and Smith & Cult’s Shattered Souls, an explosion of silver and gold glitter that ensures a hint of glam with every step. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Spring’s Coolest Sandals—And Pedicure Shades to Match," 18 Apr. 2018 Sofia definitely made the most of her red carpet moment donning a flowey, floor-length red gown with a floor-length cape to pump things up to the highest level of glam. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Sofia Carson Just Slayed on the Oscars Red Carpet in a Sheer Red Cape," 4 Mar. 2018 The job of closing out the venue's main stage fell to Black Veil Brides, who rose to the occasion in all their glam-metal glory, complete with flashy dual guitar leads and singalong choruses. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Vans Warped Tour says goodbye to Phoenix in its final summer on the road," 29 June 2018 But nothing prepared her for the constant glam time that comes with being an actress. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "This is How Priyanka Chopra Looks So Good at Red Carpet Events," 28 June 2018 Days before Andy Biersack joined his first Vans Warped Tour as an artist, the singer for the L.A. glam-metal band Black Veil Brides got a little overexuberant onstage. August Brown,, "End of the Warped Tour: What the loss of rock's 'cheap, scruffy' roadshow means for the concert biz," 14 June 2018 Watch out starlets, Saint Laurent’s glam rockers are coming for the spotlight. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Body Glitter and Kaia Gerber Featured in YSL’s Menswear Show," 7 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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