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
glamourlessplay \ˈgla-mər-ləs\ adjective
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
Recent Examples of glamour from the Web
Respondents ranked their five best local spots for a first date, and while fried chicken doesn't show up, comfort appears to trump glamour.
Here, the most standout choices that hit the red carpet at the 70th annual event Simple glamour's always a surefire beauty win: with a red lip, smoked out eyes and deep-parted classic curls, your look never gets old on the red carpet.
Not all of the autonomous vehicles being tested for public transport in Europe are glamour-free.
For this, take a cue from the beauties jetting in and out of Cannes, who are turning camera-ready glamour into a lazy girl’s game.
The glitz and the glamour were back for the tenth year at the Hotel du Cap, where amfAR brought out the Cannes crew — jurors Will Smith, Jessica Chastain and Uma Thurman, as well as this year’s reigning queen of the Croisette, Nicole Kidman.
Boosting the glamour quotient were the accessories: sparkling drop earrings, a choker, watch and rings, all by Chopard, of course.
Henry�s even-handed approach showcases not just the money and the glamour, but the human foibles behind the boom and bust.
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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.”
Origin and Etymology of glamour
Scots glamour, alteration of English grammar; from the popular association of erudition with occult practices
First Known Use: 1715See Words from the same year
GLAMOUR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of glamour for English Language Learners
: a very exciting and attractive quality
GLAMOUR Defined for Kids
Definition of glamour for Students
: romantic, exciting, and often misleading attractiveness
History for glamour
In the Middle Ages words like Latin grammatica and Middle English gramer, “grammar,” meant not only the study of language and literature, but all sorts of learning. Since almost all learning was expressed in Latin, which most people did not understand, it was commonly believed that subjects such as magic and astrology were also part of “grammar.” People became suspicious of students of “grammar,” who were thought to practice the dark arts. In Scotland in the 1700s the word glamer or glamour, an altered form of grammar, meant “a magic spell.” As glamour passed into more general English, it lost this sense and just came to mean “a mysterious attractiveness.”
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