glamour

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

Definition of glamour

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

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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

Krigler Palm Dream Marking the opening of the heritage parfumerie's latest boutique inside the Four Seasons Palm Beach, Krigler's new fragrance was designed to encapsulate the glamour of the tiny Floridian island in its midcentury heyday. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The 7 New Fragrances to Know This Summer," 6 June 2019 The Catskills, New York An all-American destination for decades (thank you, Dirty Dancing) the Catskills has emerged in recent years as a younger, more relaxed alternative to the shellacked glamour of the Hamptons. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in July," 29 May 2019 The broad spectrum of colors and finishes was inspired by the glamour of Hollywood's Golden Age and the actresses that shaped the era, including Jean Harlow, Maureen O'Hara, and Bette Davis. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "Gucci Beauty Launches Lipsticks for the Cool Kids (That's You)," 8 May 2019 Not just any tiles—these babies are from Morocco, and they have been deployed here with major glamour and in all their geometric glory by the ultimate Hollywood interior designer, Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "7 Dreamy Memorial Day Getaway Hotels To Book Now," 13 May 2019 That said, Michele’s idea of beauty isn’t a cold, artificial glamour; the campaign includes unexpected smiles with engaging imperfections. Alexander Fury; Fashion Editor: Joanna Hillman, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Art of Beauty," 6 May 2019 This fiery red dress with a thigh-high slit (not to mention that off-the-shoulder detailing!) just screams glamour and is basically guaranteed to turn heads. Alanna Greco, Seventeen, "Exactly What to Wear to Prom, According to Your Sign," 11 Mar. 2019 According to Battle, Markle's Toronto home was very light, bright, and effortless, a look which was accented with more formal details and glamour. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Nursery Could Look Like This," 26 Mar. 2019 But the 500-plus guests were celebrating something that doesn’t usually evoke glamour—credit cards. Annamaria Andriotis, WSJ, "The Credit-Card Kingmaker," 24 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of glamour

1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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glamour

noun

English Language Learners Definition of glamour

: a very exciting and attractive quality

glamour

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

Kids Definition of glamour

: romantic, exciting, and often misleading attractiveness

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