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 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 It was watched by 40 million spellbound fans on TV and sealed the destiny of the NFL. Edward Kosner, WSJ, "‘The League’ Review: Single Wing and a Prayer," 6 Nov. 2018 On April 8, a woman whose face was covered by a burqa came to the stage and told her story to the spellbound crowd. Pamela Constable And Haq Nawaz Khan, Washington Post, "In Pakistan, a young Pashtun man was killed by police. Another has risen to lead a movement.," 20 Apr. 2018 And Meghan Picerno is flawless as the spellbound Christine. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "'Love Never Dies' looks great, but less filling," 29 Mar. 2018 Witches are having a moment, so a trip to this spellbound Massachusetts village feels especially timely in 2017. Corbin Chamberlin, Vogue, "Magic Still Abounds in Salem, Massachusetts," 19 Oct. 2017 But was also horrified and spellbound by Brothers Grimm: Goose girl gave me goose bumps. New York Times, "Simon Schama: By the Book," 19 Oct. 2017

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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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29 Nov 2019

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“Spellbound.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spellbound. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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to insert between existing elements

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