glam·our | \ ˈgla-mər \
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 \ 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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Whereas Ouest’s curved red leather booths conveyed a timeless, uptown glamour, the tin ceiling and worn wood floors at Oxbow seem to aim at shabby chic. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Tom Valenti Returns with Oxbow Tavern, and Gimmicks to Go at Lucky Pickle," 21 June 2018 By comparison to what's happening this weekend across the pond at the Wimbledon Championships, there's far less glamour to a Met title, but both are born from a similar place: the love of the game. Adam Baum,, "Princeton, Little Miami grads team up and take men's Met doubles championship," 13 July 2018 Aurora Theatre’s Bay Area premiere finds glamour in the cutthroat world of private equity, a forbidden satisfaction and even morbid beauty in our essential selfishness and corruptibility., "Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of July 15," 12 July 2018 Uresti always has been a scrappy hustler with a fetish for glamour. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Uresti was a great story that turned tragic," 20 June 2018 And for nearly as long, diplomats have toiled (there is little glamour to diplomacy) in the background, abroad, away from family and friends, with little fanfare. Barbara K. Bodine, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘War on Peace,’ by Ronan Farrow," 17 May 2018 On screen, there is much more glamour—even as Cumberbatch turns green from withdrawal—than there ever is on the page. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "Is Patrick Melrose Too Glamorous?," 17 May 2018 The glamour of that era is timeless just like Reba. Colleen Kratofil,, "Reba McEntire Rewears Her Iconic 1993 CMA Dress to 2018 ACM Awards," 16 Apr. 2018 With glamour in spades, Opoti is a champion for design talent across Africa and consultant for foreign brands looking to enter the Kenyan market. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Kenyan Cool Girl’s Guide to Nairobi," 2 July 2018

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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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Phrases Related to glamour

glamour boy

glamour girl

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English Language Learners Definition of glamour

: a very exciting and attractive quality


glam·our | \ ˈgla-mər \

Kids Definition of glamour

: romantic, exciting, and often misleading attractiveness

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