spell·​bound | \ ˈspel-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce spellbound (audio) \

Definition of spellbound

: held by or as if by a spell

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Examples of spellbound in a Sentence

The children were spellbound by the puppet show. She's a storyteller that will hold you spellbound.
Recent Examples on the Web Readers interested in theater and movies will be spellbound. Terry W. Hartle, The Christian Science Monitor, "Remember ‘My Dinner with Andre’? He has more wisdom to bestow.," 18 Dec. 2020 Simon is spellbound, but his meeting with Doris is brief as the Colonel and his family are on their way to San Antonio, Texas as part of the occupying forces of Reconstruction. Joan Gaylord, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Simon the Fiddler’ explores the redemptive power of music," 10 Nov. 2020 They are spellbound by her talent and one man asks Beth to play a game, taking her all the way back to playing with Mr. Shaibel (Bill Camp) in the basement of her Kentucky orphanage. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "You’re Not Alone If The Queen’s Gambit Ending Made You Cry," 26 Oct. 2020 The society suggests that children attend in costume and prepare to be spellbound. New York Times, "8 Things to Do This Weekend," 15 Oct. 2020 The adventures of this knight (Robert J. Townsend) and his squire, Sancho Panza (Jeffrey Landman), quickly crystallize around Quixote’s spellbound love for a wench of ill repute, Aldonza (Heidi Meyer). David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: SDMT’s stirring ‘Man of La Mancha’ delivers as it dares to dream the impossible," 29 Sep. 2019 While a silent curtain call might disappoint actors, the dogs' spellbound stillness is a great sign for their future handlers. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "A crew of Canadian service dogs watched a live musical as part of their training," 20 Aug. 2019 Popular Mechanics HQ was predictably spellbound yesterday when news reports trickled out concerning a protester who glued himself to the top of a British Airways plane at London City Airport. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "How to Glue Yourself to a Plane, According to Science," 11 Oct. 2019 Thousands sat spellbound and quiet, not only in the Fiesta grounds, but all around the bay as the sky was lighted by the display. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: San Diego’s Mission Bay aquatic park dedicated 70 years ago," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of spellbound

1785, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spellbound was in 1785

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“Spellbound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spellbound. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spellbound

: giving all of your attention and interest to something or someone


spell·​bound | \ ˈspel-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce spellbound (audio) \

Kids Definition of spellbound

: having the interest or attention held by or as if by magic power

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