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

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

Examples of spellbinding in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The Top 15 Cities in Europe," 8 July 2020 Hear these and other French gems along with spellbinding Mazurakas and waltzes by piano royalty, Chopin. SFChronicle.com, "Hélène Grimaud in Recital at the San Francisco Symphony," 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, "7 must-see films at 2020 Portland International Film Festival," 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, "‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ doesn’t need a musical score to tell us how to feel," 20 Feb. 2020 The 2011 romantic comedy, featuring a spellbinding cast, seeks to answer these queries. Jason Herbert, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Were the Best History Movies of the Decade?," 31 Dec. 2019 Watch Clarkson's spellbinding performance of the Halloween classic below. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, "Kelly Clarkson Channeling 'Hocus Pocus' For Halloween 'Kellyoke' Cover Is the Only Thing That Matters Today," 31 Oct. 2019 But near the play’s end, Watson reached new dramatic heights as his emotional reaction to learning the fate of his family was nothing short of spellbinding. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando Theater Best of 2019: Featured Actor, Drama," 10 Dec. 2019 In her latest spellbinding look, the Maleficent: Mistress of Evil star glittered at the film's London premiere, wearing a beaded white gown with an embellished cape. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Is a Real-Life Enchantress in a White Gown at the Maleficent London Premiere," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of spellbinding

1827, in the meaning defined above

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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 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spellbinding

: holding your attention completely : extremely interesting, entertaining, etc.

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