noun glam·our \ ˈgla-mər \
variants: or less commonly glamor
Updated on: 16 Apr 2018

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


transitive verb


play \ˈgla-mər-ləs\ adjective

Examples of glamour in a Sentence

  1. She left her hometown, attracted to the glamour of the big city.

  2. an acting career filled with glitz and glamour

  3. the glamour of the movie business

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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.”

Origin and Etymology of glamour

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

GLAMOUR Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of glamour for English Language Learners

  • : a very exciting and attractive quality

GLAMOUR Defined for Kids


noun glam·our \ ˈgla-mər \

Definition of glamour for Students

: romantic, exciting, and often misleading attractiveness

History for glamour

In the Middle Ages words like Latin grammatica and Middle English gramer, “grammar,” meant not only the study of language and literature, but all sorts of learning. Since almost all learning was expressed in Latin, which most people did not understand, it was commonly believed that subjects such as magic and astrology were also part of “grammar.” People became suspicious of students of “grammar,” who were thought to practice the dark arts. In Scotland in the 1700s the word glamer or glamour, an altered form of grammar, meant “a magic spell.” As glamour passed into more general English, it lost this sense and just came to mean “a mysterious attractiveness.”

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