en·​chant·​ment | \ in-ˈchant-mənt How to pronounce enchantment (audio) , en- \

Definition of enchantment

1a : the act or art of enchanting
b : the quality or state of being enchanted As the newness of the projects wore off, however, their enchantment with the apartment faded.— Charles Whitaker
2 : something that enchants the enchantments of sailing
3 : a magic spell "Why would you be mad to try and rob Gringotts?" Harry asked. "Spells—enchantments," said Hagrid …— J. K. Rowling "She has made an enchantment over the whole country so that it is always winter here and never Christmas."— C. S. Lewis

Examples of enchantment in a Sentence

Our enchantment faded when we found that the house needed even more repairs. the enchantment of a snowy field bathed in moonlight He writes about the dangers as well as the enchantments of sailing. stories about wizards and enchantments
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Recent Examples on the Web Patrons dig the ‘behind the bookshelf’ ambience and all the enchantment that lives behind it. The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Nov. 2021 The rawness and the freedom were and are the enchantment of this place. Kyle A. Valenta, Travel + Leisure, 9 Nov. 2021 But McDormand says there was some kind of enchantment at work. Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2021 These symbols and star alignments represent your innermost traits, but the enchantment goes far beyond trendiness. Laura Lajiness, Vogue, 23 Oct. 2021 During the very long walk to the ark's departure point, Loki tries to get more information out about Sylvie's enchantment powers but learns something crucial about the TVA in the process. Lauren Morgan, EW.com, 23 June 2021 The world of the film is staggeringly beautiful, creating an oversize forest of enchantment and menace, capable of shifting from heavenly idyll in one scene to Grimm fairy tale in the next. Scott Tobias, Vulture, 15 Oct. 2021 Adding to the enchantment of the tale, P. J. Lynch’s illustrated version is enthralling. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 12 Sep. 2021 If black joy is revolutionary, then black enchantment is paradigm shifting. Idrissa Simmonds-nastili, Vogue, 18 May 2021

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First Known Use of enchantment

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Enchantment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enchantment. Accessed 26 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of enchantment

: a feeling of being attracted by something interesting, pretty, etc. : the state of being enchanted
: a quality that attracts and holds your attention by being interesting, pretty, etc.
: a magic spell

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