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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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glam adjective

Examples of glam in a Sentence

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The glitz and glam of Judy Garland’s prolific career didn’t come easy. Mackenzie Nichols,, "Renee Zellweger embodies Judy Garland in new ‘Judy’ trailer," 8 July 2019 Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to add a little glitz, glam, and sparkle into your everyday wardrobe this season. Vogue, "15 Ways to Rock Metallic Glitz for Day," 15 May 2019 There’s no glam, no production crew — not even microphones. Washington Post, "Kathy Griffin still working and hustling after Trump photo," 29 July 2019 The home quietly vacillates between high-glam and lived-in—a space distinctly her own, designed on her own terms. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Inside a Chanel Fashion Executive’s High-Glam Sutton Place Home," 26 July 2019 This 1975 series of screenprint portraits of drag queens recruited from the Gilded Grape, a New York drag bar, is all glam, with blots of color like spotlights accentuating already over-the-top makeup. Cate Mcquaid,, "Sweetness, ferocity, and sparkle in portrait photos since Stonewall," 18 July 2019 In addition to Guns and Lewis, a gifted British glam throat, the band’s current lineup features bassist Johnny Martin, guitarist Ace Von Johnson and drummer Scott Coogan. Matt Wake |,, "Guitar hero Tracii Guns talks L.A. Guns, Axl, Izzy," 11 July 2019 Brian Smith is a brilliant writer and his lyrics were pure poetry, kind of our own glam-punk Rimbaud. Ed Masley, azcentral, "How an '80s Phoenix band wound up on the soundtrack of the 'Stranger Things' premiere," 5 July 2019 The glam-pop texture so noticeably evocative of Prince and '70s-era David Bowie. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Lizzo's 'Juice' Is the Most Patriotic Song of 2019," 3 July 2019

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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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