charm·​ing | \ ˈchär-miŋ How to pronounce charming (audio) \

Definition of charming

: extremely pleasing or delightful : entrancing a charming restaurant has such charming manners

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Other Words from charming

charmingly \ ˈchär-​miŋ-​lē How to pronounce charming (audio) \ adverb

Examples of charming in a Sentence

a charming little café by the sea a charming man who had no problem winning women's hearts
Recent Examples on the Web In our conversations, McCartney struck me as charming and shrewd, an entertainer eager to please but intent on setting the story straight. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 This charming and postcard-perfect haven is home to independent art galleries, picturesque landscaping, and the Hunter Museum of American Art. Katie Chang, Forbes, 26 Sep. 2021 Employers that favor it hope that a more charming and comfortable physical space might help attract talented workers and help their employees do better work. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, 21 Sep. 2021 The photos accompanying early stories were even more striking for 21st century baseball fans, used to the charming and intimate ballparks that have been built and have prospered over the past three decades. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Sep. 2021 Whatever moves you at the Meyerhoff, stop by Bolton Hill’s charming and beautifully-decorated Tilted Row restaurant before or after seeing a performance. Christina Tkacik,, 16 Sep. 2021 Her protagonist, the charming and mercurial Benjamin, is a compelling and complex version of Hamlet. Jonathan Russell Clark, Los Angeles Times, 13 Aug. 2021 There’s something charming and kitschy about the summer camp jewelry in particular. Christian Allair, Vogue, 10 Aug. 2021 Enter The Mysterious Benedict Society, a group of exceptional children who are both charming and familiar. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 8 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of charming

1664, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for charming

see charm entry 1

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The first known use of charming was in 1664

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22 Oct 2021

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“Charming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of charming

: very pleasing or appealing : full of charm


charm·​ing | \ ˈchär-miŋ \

Kids Definition of charming

: very pleasing a charming old inn

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