glam·​our | \ ˈgla-mər How to pronounce glamour (audio) \
variants: or less commonly glamor

Definition of glamour

1 : 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
2 : a magic spell the girls appeared to be under a glamour— Llewelyn Powys

Other Words from glamour

glamour transitive verb
glamourless \ ˈgla-​mər-​ləs How to pronounce glamour (audio) \ 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
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Recent Examples on the Web Tom Ford 002 covers all the glitz and glamour of the Tom Ford world. Blue Carreon, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 However, their relationship wasn't all glitz and glamour. Daniela Avila,, 29 Oct. 2021 The upscale interior was inspired by Hollywood movies and appears to have a suitable amount of glitz and glamour as per the renders. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 13 Oct. 2021 But beyond the glitz and glamour of celebrity run-ins, Chu’s first Met Gala held larger significance. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 30 Sep. 2021 The Venice Film Festival is characterized by glamour in the truest sense of the word—and what could be more glamorous than the red-carpet reemergence of an iconic couple? Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 10 Sep. 2021 There are myriad reasons to love the Greater Los Angeles area, from near-perfect weather to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to a culinary scene that just keeps getting better. Sarah Bruning, Travel + Leisure, 8 Sep. 2021 There was no glitz and glamour for the Marquette basketball teams last season. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Sep. 2021 Lulled by glamour and success, Real Madrid has allowed itself to be transformed into the personal fief of its president, Florentino Pérez. New York Times, 9 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of glamour

1715, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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13 Jan 2022

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“Glamour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of glamour

: a very exciting and attractive quality


glam·​our | \ ˈgla-mər How to pronounce glamour (audio) \

Kids Definition of glamour

: romantic, exciting, and often misleading attractiveness

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