spell·​bind·​ing ˈspel-ˌbīn-diŋ How to pronounce spellbinding (audio)
: holding the attention as if by a spell
a spellbinding story
spellbindingly adverb

Examples of spellbinding in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For readers and fans, this means more spellbinding narratives, relatable characters, and worlds waiting to be discovered. Nick Kasmik, USA TODAY, 30 Aug. 2023 To keep your eyes fixed on him throughout a match is both spellbinding and deadly dull. Jody Rosen, The New Yorker, 17 Dec. 2022 Check out its first direct image of a gas giant exoplanet as well as a spellbinding view of the Phantom Galaxy. Ashley Strickland and Katie Hunt, CNN, 3 Sep. 2022 This easy pullout on the Kancamagus Highway brings motorists face-to-face with a spellbinding view of the White Mountains that stretches on for miles. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 10 Jan. 2022 The most spellbinding moment of the night came afterward, as the crew switched out James Krivchenia’s kick drum. Justin Curto, Vulture, 14 Sep. 2021 Though the future of Venice is uncertain, the Pearl of the Adriatic remains one of the most spellbinding and iconic destinations in Europe. Hannah Walhout, Travel + Leisure, 8 July 2020 Hear these and other French gems along with spellbinding Mazurakas and waltzes by piano royalty, Chopin. SFChronicle.com, 28 Feb. 2020 The Portland International Film Festival, better known as PIFF, has cultivated a reputation for spellbinding cinema, created here in Oregon and around the globe. oregonlive, 25 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spellbinding was in 1827

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“Spellbinding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spellbinding. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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