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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In true Hilton fashion, there’s some glamour beyond just seaweed. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Paris Hilton Is Now a Skin-Care Expert," 6 July 2018 The Cat Eye Gets a Picasso-Like Twist Makeup artist Pat McGrath has been churning out extreme glamour at Maison Margiela season after season, and designer John Galliano's latest showing was no exception. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "7 Couture Beauty Looks That Blew Up on the Paris Runways," 6 July 2018 If the World Cup continues to be a glamour fest for the world's biggest countries fighting amongst themselves every four years, interest in football globally will slowly wane., "Increasing the Amount of Teams at the World Cup Is a Great Idea, Even if the Quality Will Diminish," 2 July 2018 An influx of European players also increased the glamour quotient, moving from shifty (Paul Gascoigne, Tony Adams) to suave (Thierry Henry, David Ginola). Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Glorious, Bizarre History of Soccer and Fashion," 18 June 2018 The latest name to inject a bit of much needed glamour into the airplane aisle? Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Alitalia Teams Up With Alberta Ferretti on New Uniforms," 18 June 2018 This was an assignment for a lawyer driven by a bold mission and a small measure of masochism, not one in pursuit of glamour or safety. Jackson Holahan, The Christian Science Monitor, "'The Good Mothers' profiles the female prosecutor who took on Italy's mafia," 6 June 2018 In the ensuing decades, her label and its signature brand of whimsical, feminine glamour expanded to include clothing, footwear, and other accessories — and became a major force in American fashion. Mary Sollosi,, "Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, more stars pay tribute to fashion designer Kate Spade," 5 June 2018 The 1,800-square-foot contemporary salon, located at the southeast entrance, will also carry top-name hair care products and offer both make-up application and glamour photography, Simon said. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Southridge Mall adding three new businesses in June," 30 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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English Language Learners Definition of glamour

: a very exciting and attractive quality


glam·​our | \ˈgla-mər \

Kids Definition of glamour

: romantic, exciting, and often misleading attractiveness

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obstinately defiant of authority

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