spell·​bind·​er ˈspel-ˌbīn-dər How to pronounce spellbinder (audio)
: 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, 21 Dec. 2017 This performance was, more often than not, a spellbinder. Richard S. Ginell, latimes.com, 20 Apr. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spellbinder was in 1888

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“Spellbinder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spellbinder. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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spell·​bind·​er ˈspel-ˌbīn-dər How to pronounce spellbinder (audio)
: a very powerful speaker
: one that compels attention

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