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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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Other Words from glam


glam adjective

Examples of glam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Then, makeup artist Melissa Hernandez applied a soft glam with glowy skin and a red lip, while Sweeney reflected on her success. Christian Allair, Vogue, 16 July 2021 Before it was deemed stylish, this glam was derided as being ghetto or, at best, ghetto fabulous. Shelby Ying Hyde, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 June 2021 When the beat drops, the TikTok transitions to a clip of Iris in her prom dress and full glam. Hanna Flanagan,, 2 June 2021 Her makeup is decidedly soft glam, with fluttery lashes and glossy nude lips. Jihan Forbes, Allure, 23 May 2021 What started out as a curated Korean beauty e-commerce site has since blossomed into one of the Internet's buzziest brands with launches that frequently go viral on TikTok and are used on celebrities for their red-carpet glam. Sarah Han, Allure, 15 June 2021 Others benefit from the glitz and glam that Hollywood brings. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, 19 May 2021 At first glance, the Instagram image just shows Lovato in full glam, styled in a pink and khaki-green plaid suit by Ralph & Russo. Megan Decker,, 23 Feb. 2021 This time, her look is the epitome of soft glam with a neutral beige shadow blended into her crease. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 26 May 2021

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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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21 Jul 2021

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“Glam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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