glamour

noun
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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But luckily, the intersection of extreme heat and extreme glamour is exactly where this vacation-ready makeup comes in. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "The Best Waterproof Makeup for Your Eyes, Face, and Lips," 23 Oct. 2018 Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Penélope Cruz—Oribe will be remembered as a master of his craft, conjuring the kind of unapologetic glamour that spoke to the world’s most alluring women. Kate Branch, Vogue, "Oribe, the Legendary Hairstylist Who Created a Thousand Supermodels, Has Died," 17 Dec. 2018 By 2013, the team had found its signature outfit, a colorful shorts-and-suspenders design by Mr. Mayer that celebrated masculine glamour and energy. Nina Adam, WSJ, "Female Roller Derby Skaters Are Fearless—So Are Their Male Cheerleaders," 7 Dec. 2018 Make Beirut Your Hub Beirut’s modern seaside glamour comes from its thrumming beach clubs and rooftop bars, while centuries-old souks keep it timeless. John Gregory-smith, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Lebanon, Let Food Be Your Guide," 16 Oct. 2018 The fabric merges the pleasure of touch with the unrestrained glamour of childhood taste and the rapid innovation of an Alibaba world. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "Flip sequins are the weird, glitzy fabric that kids can’t get enough of," 27 Nov. 2018 This place is far from the glamour of big-time soccer and the World Cup in Russia. New York Times, "Fields of Green," 8 July 2018 Just add modern gold earrings and leopard-print kitten-heel mules to amp up the glamour. Vogue, "5 Activewear Pieces That Will Revolutionize Your Fall Dressing Game," 14 Nov. 2018 Delevingne's borrowed-from-the-boys approach is refreshing and decidedly high-fashion, channeling the Old Hollywood glamour of Marlene Dietrich. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cara Delevingne Wore a Top Hat and Tails to the Royal Wedding," 12 Oct. 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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More Definitions for glamour

glamour

noun

English Language Learners Definition of glamour

: a very exciting and attractive quality

glamour

noun
glam·​our | \ ˈgla-mər \

Kids Definition of glamour

: romantic, exciting, and often misleading attractiveness

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