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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 upThe 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 Once hair glam was done, Khloé got dressed in her mom's signature ensemble: an all-black pantsuit and blouse, diamond stud earrings and of course, her cell phone in hand. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Watch Khloé Kardashian Transform into Mom Kris Jenner for Paparazzi Prank," 6 Aug. 2020 With the space buns to match, ya girl has single-handedly planned out your first day of school glam for you. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Demi Lovato Wore the Ultimate Summer 2020 Outfit: A Graphic Tee, Mom Jeans, and MASSIVE Hoops," 5 Aug. 2020 But leave it to a star like Jennifer Lopez to take the mask and use it to add some glam to a casual outing. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez’s Bike Ride Style Is Unexpectedly Glam," 5 Aug. 2020 Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are continuing their high-glam PDA streak. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian West Shares a Sweet and Sexy Moment with Kanye West from Their Wyoming Ranch," 29 June 2020 Bonus: they're wrapped in gold foil for a real Old Hollywood glam touch. Erin Mayer, Redbook, "4 Dermatologist-Approved Ways to Get Rid of Your Under Eye Wrinkles," 23 Mar. 2018 Using three mirrors with gold trim—two slim matching ones over each sink, and one large round one in the middle—made for a vintage-glam twist on the standard single bathroom vanity. Nena Farrell, Sunset Magazine, "13 Gorgeous Sinks We’d Love to Wash Our Hands In," 2 July 2020 The 2007 Indiana University graduate said most pieces match the Two Chicks and a Hammer aesthetic of earthy-Bohemian-meets-modern-glam. David Lindquist, The Indianapolis Star, "'Good Bones' star wants new store to be fan destination as well as a neighborhood hangout," 1 July 2020 The actress served modern ballet glam in a custom tea-length Alexander Wang wedding gown. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Zoë Kravitz and Karl Glusman Profess Their Love Celebrating Their First Year Of Marriage," 30 June 2020

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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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Last Updated

13 Aug 2020

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“Glam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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