\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

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Things that your parents liked, things that your parents hated, punk rock, disco, electro, glam-rock, all was going on in the '70s. Théoden Janes, charlotteobserver, "At 57, Boy George still gets weird looks — and his reaction to them makes total sense," 4 July 2018 But if the godfathers of nonbinary pop — from Freddie Mercury to Adam Lambert — paved the way, their personas often came across as glam-rock caricature. Nick Haramis, New York Times, "Welcome to the Age of the Twink," 14 May 2018 It’s been endlessly remixed, and this iteration might be the most glam yet. Joanna Linberg, Sunset, "10 Tables That Deserve a Spot in Your Kitchen," 22 Jan. 2018 Celebrities favor the brand with a whimsical and high-glam aesthetic. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Meghan Markle's wedding dress: Will she wear Ralph & Russo or Erdem? Or shock us completely?," 7 May 2018 For an edgy-glam look, use a thin gold or silver chain. Sarah Newell, Seventeen, "15 Amazing Prom Hacks To Make It Your Most Stylish Night Ever," 6 Jan. 2017 Alexandre Vauthier went full-on Parisian glam for his fall 2018 Couture collection. Roxanne Robinson, The Hollywood Reporter, "Alexandre Vauthier Shows "Super Parisian" Couture Collection," 3 July 2018 For the special event, the model went high-glam in a sheer, halter-style dress. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Bella Hadid Wore Her Sheerest, Most Naked Dress Yet," 8 June 2018 Luckily, luxury footwear and accessories brand Charlotte Olympia has just teamed up with Brazilian beachwear designer Adriana Degreas, to launch a Old Hollywood glam meets modern playful swimwear capsule collection that screams fun in the sun. Megan Decker, Harper's BAZAAR, "Charlotte Olympia and Adriana Degreas Team Up For The Cutest Swimwear Collaboration," 4 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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