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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Other Words from spellbinding

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

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Lenglen won a spellbinding match 10-8, 4-6, 9-7, becoming the first non-English speaker to seize the Wimbledon title. Jon Wertheim And Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "The Incomparable Life and Mysterious Death of Suzanne Lenglen," 27 June 2019 When his work is juxtaposed with real life masterworks by Goya, Zurbarán, and El Greco, the effect can be spellbinding. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "“Balenciaga and Spanish Painting” Opens at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid," 21 June 2019 Hop aboard the National Geographic Explorer in March and you may catch a glimpse of this spellbinding phenomenon. Jonathan Irish, National Geographic, "10 Dazzling Celestial Displays—and Where to See Them," 8 Apr. 2019 In a spellbinding match, Federer pushed his record against Wawrinka to 23-3, prevailing 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Five Thoughts on Day 10: Federer's Decision to Play on Clay Was a Great One," 4 June 2019 His spellbinding book, packed with details—the first official account of the propaganda and espionage war that raged before Pearl Harbor—not surprisingly caused a sensation. Bradley W. Hart, WSJ, "Five Best: Bradley W. Hart on the War Before World War II," 18 Jan. 2019 This makes for a spellbinding story, but boning up on the basics of World War I ahead of time will greatly expand anyone’s appreciation of the film. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "What You Need To Know Before Watching "They Shall Not Grow Old"," 28 Dec. 2018 Prepare for even more magic — and possible promotional turkey basting — because Netflix just confirmed that Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will continue for two more spellbinding seasons. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, ""Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Has Been Renewed for Seasons 3 and 4," 18 Dec. 2018 The Innovator Award went to Kacey Musgraves (who gave a spellbinding performance), and Hayley Kiyoko took the stage to accept the Rising Star Award after performing her song, Curious. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Strong and Influential Females Were Recognized at Billboard's 2018 Women in Music Event," 7 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of spellbinding

1827, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of spellbinding

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

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