glamour

noun
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

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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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Inside and out to the backyard, it is loaded with space and glamour. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Home near Cranbrook's art objects is filled with space and glamour," 3 Aug. 2019 The bride, who stars in our The Beauty Show video series, is known in-house and industry-wide for her caution-to-the-wind, hands-on approach to trying any and everything beauty and glamour. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "BAZAAR.com Beauty Director Jenna Rosenstein Mixed Art Deco with a Star Wars Obsession for her Wedding in Miami Beach," 11 July 2019 Effusing grit, glamour and positive thinking, the 46-year-old comes across as a redhead hybrid of Brené Brown, Auntie Mame and Stevie Nicks. Khanh T.l. Tran, latimes.com, "First U.S. Charlotte Tilbury store opens in L.A.," 10 July 2019 But Amazon’s focus on low prices and commodity effects has been alienating to an industry that’s focused on glamour and cachet. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Why does Amazon have so many clothing brands?," 5 July 2019 Simultaneously, the market for face creams, cosmetics, and other personal care products marketed to women exploded, in tandem with the rise of Hollywood movies and the invention of American glamour and beauty standards. National Geographic, "The beauty industry generates a lot of plastic waste. Can it change?," 18 Apr. 2019 But Ellen Best, Mama’s name when not in drag, would be the first to tell you that the glitz and glamour are far from the point. Laura E. Adkins, sun-sentinel.com, "20-year-old Israeli combat soldier is also a drag queen," 3 July 2019 The colorful rented costumes provide plenty of glitz and glamour. nola.com, "Summer Lyric presents tap-happy love song to Broadway with ‘42nd Street’," 19 June 2019 Glitz and glamour Yet, Birla, a father of three, wasn’t viewed as much as the head of a floundering business empire. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "A flamboyant Indian industrialist is now chased by a bank his ancestor founded," 17 June 2019

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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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glamour

noun

English Language Learners Definition of glamour

: a very exciting and attractive quality

glamour

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

Kids Definition of glamour

: romantic, exciting, and often misleading attractiveness

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