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 As the Warriors open a new NBA season, everything about Chase Center reflects their bold move into the future, with all the glamour, aesthetics and amenities one can imagine. Bruce Jenkins,, "Warriors debut at Chase Center: What will it mean for fans?," 24 Oct. 2019 From a childhood spent roaming the bush near her father’s ranch in Kenya to adventures at the dawn of aviation, Markham’s romping autobiography blends grit with bygone glamour. Jen Rose Smith, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Travel Memoirs Written by Some of the World’s Most Adventurous Women," 18 Oct. 2019 Complete with '80s-style glamour and portraits of the show's characters around the house. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "'Dallas'-famous Southfork Ranch now welcoming overnight guests," 5 Sep. 2019 When incorporating water with glamour, the energy within can reach a higher frequency. Lisa Stardust, Teen Vogue, "How to Practice Glamour Magic," 20 Aug. 2019 Venus in Taurus will gift your relationships, even the platonic ones, with glamour and beauty. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What May’s Scorpio Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019 Bulgari has always been synonymous with creativity, heritage, beauty and glamour. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Lady Kitty Spencer Is Bulgari’s Newest Ambassador, and the Photos Are Stunning," 27 May 2018 This collection celebrates opulence, glamour, and beauty. Christine Whitney, The Cut, "Carolina Herrera Takes a Bow," 14 Feb. 2018 Home and Garden Tour Those hoping to catch an inside look to the beauty and glamour of Palmer Woods will have a chance to do so during the Palmer Woods Home and Garden Tour on July 13-14. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Palmer Woods: A guide to Detroit neighborhood's history, architecture," 12 Oct. 2017

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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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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of glamour was in 1715

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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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