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 glamour (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 In her honest new memoir, Open Book, Jessica Simpson stripped away the glamour associated with the blond hair, the clothing empire, and the early-2000s radio hits. Glamour, "Our Favorite Glamour Stories of 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 In a stunning dress from Olivier Theyskens’s Azzaro debut, Wiig treated the stage at 30 Rock to some Parisian glamour. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "This Week, The Best Dressed Stars Found Fresh Ways to Be Festive," 21 Dec. 2020 There’s an almost absurd glamour in the camera’s crawling pan over a spread of tipsy-looking guests in repose; and the staggering blur of the slowed footage deepens the video’s wistful, wintry daydream into something more like a Lynchian coma. Washington Post, "Sorry, Wham! haters: The only thing wrong with ‘Last Christmas’ is how you’ve been listening to it," 19 Dec. 2020 Despite this lack of apparent glamour, the world never stopped reading. Ted Scheinman, Smithsonian Magazine, "John le Carré, Dead at 89, Defined the Modern Spy Novel," 14 Dec. 2020 The paradigm of what is cool shifted, and Crocs are emblematic of the way young people no longer respond to traditional notions of beauty and glamour (do TikTok teens want to wear frilly frocks or dapper suits?). Max Berlinger, Los Angeles Times, "Crocs, the kicks you love to hate, are 2020’s cool shoe. Blame Bad Bunny and Bieber," 11 Dec. 2020 The collection draws on the untamed energy and raw glamour of the 1970s. Harper's BAZAAR, "Richard Mille's New Watch Collection Is a Celebration of Female Empowerment," 9 Dec. 2020 Among all the sweatpants pics, this is the high-glamour moment my feed has been missing in 2020. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Hailey Baldwin Wore the *Hottest* Cutout Dress For Her 24th Birthday," 23 Nov. 2020 The glamour, convenience and urgency seemed to be work: Alameda County had 6,800 walk-in voters on Halloween and Dupuis expected to match that Sunday. Sam Whiting,, "Weekend voters turn out in Bay Area — lured by museums, stadiums, planes," 1 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of glamour was in 1715

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13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Glamour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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