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.”

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
Recent Examples on the Web Her kind of glamour was inimitable and based on technique. Vogue, 25 June 2024 How Hollywood Sold Glamour The complicated notion of glamour in classic Hollywood, suggesting that stars were aloof and unknowable, was also a means to sell products. JSTOR Daily, 24 June 2024 The musicians in the band were all just white Bristolians, but seemed to borrow something of that glamour. Tessa Hadley, The New Yorker, 23 June 2024 So fittingly, Kim Petras’ Viva Glam campaign perfectly embodies her love for over-the-top glamour and larger than life hair. Kleigh Balugo, StyleCaster, 21 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for glamour 

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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 12 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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