spell·​bound ˈspel-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce spellbound (audio)
: 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 For four minutes, the spellbound crowds witnessed an event ancient humanity also had experienced. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 13 Apr. 2024 The images from the National Mall and Rev. King’s speech left him spellbound. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2023 The pall of Depp’s 2022 court case against his ex-wife Amber Heard couldn’t compare with the cloak of gloom that Depp and bandmates Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, and Tommy Henriksen cast over a spellbound sea of fans. Victoria Wasylak, BostonGlobe.com, 29 July 2023 But then, Ami becomes spellbound by Exotic Deadly, the cool new Japanese girl at school who takes pride in her passion for karaoke, anime, manga, kewpie mayo, Super Mario Bros. and, of course, MSG. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Apr. 2023 At first, de Lairesse was spellbound. Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2020 Diana is a spellbound witch, a.k.a. Town & Country, 6 Feb. 2023 At first, Paris was spellbound. Vulture, 3 May 2022 Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman, and Courtenay Valenti, president of production and development, manage the film franchise, so the spellbound property isn’t entirely in limbo. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 12 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 24 Apr. 2024.

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spell·​bound ˈspel-ˈbau̇nd How to pronounce spellbound (audio)
: held by or as if by a spell

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