glam·​our ˈgla-mər How to pronounce glamour (audio)
variants or less commonly glamor
: 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
: a magic spell
the girls appeared to be under a glamourLlewelyn Powys
glamour transitive verb
glamourless adjective

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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.”

Example Sentences

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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Word History


from Scots glamer, glamour, by dissimilation from grammar grammar in sense "learning, erudition," popularly associated with occult practices

First Known Use

1715, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of glamour was in 1715

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“Glamour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants also glamor
: romantic, exciting, and often misleading attractiveness

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