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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Fashion Week isn't all glamour: there's grueling work behind-the-scenes at every level from assistant to designer, stylist to publicist. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Philippa Coulthard Shares Her Diary from the Ferragamo Show at Milan Fashion Week," 28 Sep. 2018 The rooms are flamboyant, old-school glamour, either facing the sea or the mountains. Jane Broughton, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Hotels in Cape Town," 14 Sep. 2018 While Versace is famous for its over-the-top glitz and signature Italian glamour, Kors is the antithesis of that aesthetic, with a focus on affordable luxury and all-American ready-to-wear collections. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Michael Kors Is Reportedly Close to Buying Versace for $2 Billion," 24 Sep. 2018 To walk in his boots is to take on some of his maverick glamour and disdain for authority. Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, "The Cowboy Boot’s Unlikely Journey from Ranch to Runway," 21 Aug. 2018 But alongside her glamour and mystique, her warm, down-to-earth personality makes her one of the series’ few deeply relatable characters. Aja Romano, Vox, "Crazy Rich Asians’ mid-credits scene is brief, but very revealing," 18 Aug. 2018 The account instantly went viral, and she's been delighting the world with glamour shots of Chanco's mane ever since. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Meet Baby Chanco, the 7-Month-Old Going Viral for Her Full Head of Hair," 25 July 2018 Thank goodness someone finally got some glamour shots of me! Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Tina the beloved ‘traffic-stopping’ turkey hit by car. Missouri community mourns loss," 13 July 2018 Drink George Clooney’s Casamigos tequila, for example — sold last year to the beverage giant Diageo for up to $1 billion — and acquire some of his movie-star glamour. Ben Sisario, BostonGlobe.com, "Knockin’ back Heaven’s Door: Bob Dylan is making whiskey now," 2 May 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 How to pronounce glamour (audio) \

Kids Definition of glamour

: romantic, exciting, and often misleading attractiveness

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