spellbinding

play
adjective spell·bind·ing \ˈspel-ˌbīn-diŋ\

Definition of spellbinding

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

spellbindingly

play \-diŋ-lē\ adverb

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First Known Use of spellbinding

1827


SPELLBINDING Defined for English Language Learners

spellbinding

play
adjective

Definition of spellbinding for English Language Learners

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

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