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allure1

[uh-loo r] /əˈlʊər/
verb (used with object), allured, alluring.
1.
to attract or tempt by something flattering or desirable.
2.
to fascinate; charm.
verb (used without object), allured, alluring.
3.
to be attractive or tempting.
noun
4.
fascination; charm; appeal.
Origin of allure1
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English aluren < Middle French alurer, equivalent to a- a-5 + lurer to lure
Related forms
allurer, noun
unallured, adjective
Synonyms
1. entice, lure. 2. enchant, entrance, captivate. 4. glamor, attraction.

allure2

[al-yoo r, -yer] /ˈæl yʊər, -yər/
noun
1.

alure

or allure

[al-yoo r, -yer] /ˈæl yʊər, -yər/
noun
1.
a passageway, as the walk along one side of a cloister.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English, also al(o)ur < Old French aleure passage, equivalent to ale walk (see alley1) + -ure -ure
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  • Now it assembles the blossoms of a whole long year to bewilder and allure.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • The table was spread in a manner to engage the eye and allure the appetite.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • Thus: in that by guile they allure the people to the lust of the flesh.

  • He has eliminated the subtle sensuousness which has its own allure in the drawing.

    Holbein Beatrice Fortescue
  • It is far better to allure them, by showing them the pleasures of doing right.

    The Teacher Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for allure

allure

/əˈljʊə; əˈlʊə/
verb
1.
(transitive) to entice or tempt (someone) to a person or place or to a course of action; attract
noun
2.
attractiveness; appeal: the cottage's allure was its isolation
Derived Forms
allurement, noun
allurer, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French alurer, from lure bait, lure
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Word Origin and History for allure
v.

c.1400, from Anglo-French alurer, Old French aleurer "to attract, captivate; train a falcon to hunt," from à "to" (see ad-) + loirre "falconer's lure," from a Frankish word (see lure), perhaps influenced by French allure "gait, way of walking." Related: Allured; alluring. The noun is first attested 1540s; properly this sense is allurement.

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