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 stockglamour girlswhooping cranes and … other glamour birds — R. T. Peterson
2 : a magic spell the girls appeared to be under a glamour— Llewelyn Powys

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The Mokum fabric curtains introduce some subtle glamour, and the Louis Poulsen pendant lights have always reminded me of a pagoda—even with their Danish origin. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "Pacifique’s Japanese-Inspired Interiors Blend Subtlety and Elegance," 16 Dec. 2019 Celebs flocked to the Barker Hangar for a night of glamour, laughs, and recognition throughout the entertainment industry. Teen Vogue, "This Weekend’s Best Celebrity Outfits Featuring Zendaya, Storm Reid, and More," 11 Nov. 2019 The glamour of the Carlyle Hotel still excites him as much as performing there. Matthew J. Palm,, "Tony Danza will be singing in Clermont, enjoying ‘every moment’," 30 Sep. 2019 Ah, the Emmys: The glitz, the glamour, and of course, the acceptance speeches. Diana Pearl,, "From SJP to JLD: 13 of Our Favorite Emmys Acceptance Speeches Ever," 16 Sep. 2019 It is romanticized onscreen in shows like Mad Men, even given a certain glamour, an allure. Joel Lewin, Quartz, "There’s no such thing as a “functioning alcoholic”," 5 Sep. 2019 The location is apt, since the pizzeria positions itself at several crossroads: between old-line neighborhood joint and affluent date-night destination, between Italian American comfort and Los Angeles glamour, between pizza orthodoxy and modernism. Bill Addison,, "6 great pizza places in Los Angeles," 13 July 2019 He's arrived in China to fanfare, glitz and glamour - with a booming reception and some super duper flower arrangements welcoming him at Shanghai's airport., "Marko Arnautovic: A Toxic Talent Who Deserves the Footballing Oblivion Awaiting Him in China," 11 July 2019 For the makeup and hair, Miley opted for subtle glamour, rocking loose waves and a smokey eye, instead of an overly bridal 'do. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Miley Cyrus Reveals Her Beautiful Vintage-Inspired Wedding Dress on Instagram," 26 Dec. 2018

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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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7 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Glamour.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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How to pronounce glamour (audio)

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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