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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

Other Words from glam


glam adjective

Examples of glam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In any case, these are the perfect high-but-not-too-high heels to wear with a look of that sort, or just give a little low-key glam to a casual outfit. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 16 Sep. 2022 Harvey’s Vogue World glam began with a wake-up call at her hotel. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 14 Sep. 2022 And because no look is complete without a little bit of gloss, Levy polished off Witherspoon's Emmys glam with the Lip Butter SPF 15 Tinted Balm and two different Optimist Lipsticks. Nicol Natale, Peoplemag, 13 Sep. 2022 Leaving her hotel hand in hand with her husband, Mrs. Clooney channeled Old Hollywood glam with big waves in her thick black hair, a bold red lip, diamond earrings, and a diamond tennis bracelet. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 7 Sep. 2022 Options range from embarking on a DIY effort that costs a few thousand dollars to hiring professionals to create something with luxury-style glam on a much larger budget. Mia Taylor, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Aug. 2022 For those looking for a more luxurious feel, Vining Ivy can easily go glam when accessorized with golden accents and bright white trim. House Beautiful, 17 Aug. 2022 For those looking for a more luxurious feel, Vining Ivy can easily go glam when accessorized with golden accents and bright white trim. Regina Cole, Forbes, 16 Aug. 2022 August may have just begun, but Kylie’s gothic glam getup seems like the perfect attire to ring in fall — and school dance season. Nitya Rao, Seventeen, 5 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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1 Oct 2022

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“Glam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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