spell·​bind·​er | \ ˈspel-ˌbīn-dər How to pronounce spellbinder (audio) \

Definition of spellbinder

: a speaker of compelling eloquence also : one that compels attention

Examples of spellbinder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web William Jennings Bryan, the evangelical spellbinder from Nebraska, argued in the 1896 presidential election that McKinley Republicans were the party of corporate power, corporate subsidies, and the gold standard. Brenda Wineapple, New Republic, "Grand Illusions," 21 Dec. 2017 This performance was, more often than not, a spellbinder. Richard S. Ginell, latimes.com, "Gaechinger Cantorey brings a new name and spellbinding sound to Disney Hall," 20 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of spellbinder

1888, in the meaning defined above

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“Spellbinder.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spellbinder. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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