glam·​our | \ ˈgla-mər How to pronounce glamour (audio) \
variants: or less commonly glamor

Definition of glamour

1 : an exciting and often illusory and romantic attractiveness the glamour of Hollywood especially : alluring or fascinating attraction often used attributively glamour stockglamour girlswhooping cranes and … other glamour birds — R. T. Peterson
2 : a magic spell the girls appeared to be under a glamour— Llewelyn Powys

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Other Words from glamour

glamour transitive verb
glamourless \ ˈgla-​mər-​ləs How to pronounce glamourless (audio) \ adjective

Did You Know?

In the Middle Ages the meaning of grammar was not restricted to the study of language, but included learning in general. Since almost all learning was couched in language not spoken or understood by the unschooled populace, it was commonly believed that such subjects as magic and astrology were included in this broad sense of grammar. Scholars were often viewed with awe and more than a little suspicion by ordinary people. This connection between grammar and magic was evident in a number of languages, and in Scotland by the 18th century a form of grammar, altered to glamer or glamour, meant “a magic spell or enchantment.” As glamour passed into more extended English usage, it came to mean “an elusive, mysteriously exciting attractiveness.”

Examples of glamour in a Sentence

She left her hometown, attracted to the glamour of the big city. an acting career filled with glitz and glamour the glamour of the movie business
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Recent Examples on the Web Biden, cruelly, endured the pain without ever quite matching the glamour of the ascent. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, "The Designated Mourner," 7 Jan. 2020 Anyone who follows me on social media knows I am obsessed with Star Wars and otherworldly galactic opulence, ranging from the rebellious beauty of Princess Leia to the gilded glamour of C3PO. Hana Hong, Marie Claire, "Pat McGrath Labs' 'Star Wars' Collection Has Landed," 13 Dec. 2019 Renée Zellweger’s dazzling portrayal of Judy Garland headlines Rupert Goold’s Judy, which gives viewers a glimpse into both the glamour and the private heartbreak of an unraveling Hollywood icon. Laurel Benedum, ELLE Decor, "ELLE Decor Goes to the Movies: Our 2019 Hollywood Gift Guide," 21 Nov. 2019 The galactic glamour of Afrofuturism may reign over Janelle Monáe’s aesthetic, but the principles that compel her have always been of this world. Briana Younger, The New Yorker, "Janelle Monáe on Privilege and Survival," 14 Nov. 2019 With little to no finance and without the added allure of enticing potential signings with the glamours of London life, the job he's done in the north-west is nothing short of spectacular., "Ranking All the Premier League's English Managers by Suitability for a 'Big Six' Job," 3 Nov. 2019 Beyond the glamour of Cannes and Sundance, a network of international events promises to boost the careers of nascent filmmakers, but those opportunities often come with hefty price tags — and plenty of disappointment. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, ""People Can Be Exploited": How Below-the-Radar Film Festivals Prey on Struggling Moviemakers," 31 Oct. 2019 But bringing the glamour of the 1920s to the big screen was not a simple task. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Downton Abbey's Costume Designer Shares the Story Behind Edith's Ball Gown," 28 Sep. 2019 Much of the area was devastated by the riots of 1968, and Pennsylvania Avenue has never fully reclaimed the glamour and prominence of its glory days. Chris Kaltenbach,, "Baltimore’s Billie Holiday festival to celebrate black arts and culture on Pennsylvania Ave.," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of glamour

1715, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for glamour

from Scots glamer, glamour, by dissimilation from grammar grammar in sense "learning, erudition," popularly associated with occult practices

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21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Glamour.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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How to pronounce glamour (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of glamour

: a very exciting and attractive quality


glam·​our | \ ˈgla-mər How to pronounce glamour (audio) \

Kids Definition of glamour

: romantic, exciting, and often misleading attractiveness

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