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

Definition of spellbound

: held by or as if by a spell

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 Following Miss Anthony’s address, Rev. Anna Shaw of Philadelphia was introduced, and for an hour the audience was spellbound under her rapid delivery of logic and witticism. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Feb. 2022 The audience can look forward to seeing their favourite stars don new and intriguing characters that will leave them spellbound. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 24 Dec. 2021 Television viewers worldwide were spellbound for the hour-long live chase, and thousands more people lined freeways and overpasses to cheer as Simpson passed in a white Bronco. Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2021 A week on the Amalfi Coast will leave your teenage kids spellbound and not wanting to come home. Liz Cantrell, Travel + Leisure, 5 May 2021 Bullock shows up at a black-tie benefit looking absolutely beautiful, and Grant is clearly spellbound. Emma Specter, Vogue, 12 Mar. 2021 Readers interested in theater and movies will be spellbound. Terry W. Hartle, The Christian Science Monitor, 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, 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, 26 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of spellbound

1785, in the meaning defined above

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“Spellbound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spellbound. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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