spell·​bind·​ing | \ ˈspel-ˌbīn-diŋ How to pronounce spellbinding (audio) \

Definition of spellbinding

: holding the attention as if by a spell a spellbinding story

Other Words from spellbinding

spellbindingly \ ˈspel-​ˌbīn-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce spellbinding (audio) \ adverb

Examples of spellbinding in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 As Héloise and Marianne lock eyes from several feet away, the performance pivots to a spellbinding combination of chanting and clapping. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2020 The 2011 romantic comedy, featuring a spellbinding cast, seeks to answer these queries. Jason Herbert, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Dec. 2019 Watch Clarkson's spellbinding performance of the Halloween classic below. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, 31 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of spellbinding

1827, in the meaning defined above

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“Spellbinding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spellbinding. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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