“She was the perfect combination of being very beautiful and very smart and charming,” Galbraith told The Daily Beast.
Sallust is ruthless and charming, a connoisseur of rare wines and rare women.
Tiny Streets, Big Stories Casco Viejo is the oldest area in Panama City (which, of course, also makes it the most charming).
It told a simple story, rooted beautifully in a charming human truth.
Neal is the charming and debonair criminal I created for the show, played brilliantly by Matt Bomer.
Do you, then, confess that I was not mistaken when I guessed that you were a charming woman?
charming as she was, he wondered if she could do the interview—him—justice.
"You'll find them charming—real thoroughbreds," he saw fit to add.
But Mrs. Windsor's cottage was the most charming picture of all.
The glass here is limited in extent but very delicate and charming.
c.1300, "incantation, magic charm," from Old French charme (12c.) "magic charm, magic, spell; incantation, song, lamentation," from Latin carmen "song, verse, enchantment, religious formula," from canere "to sing" (see chant (v.)), with dissimilation of -n- to -r- before -m- in intermediate form *canmen (for a similar evolution, see Latin germen "germ," from *genmen). The notion is of chanting or reciting verses of magical power.
A yet stronger power than that of herb or stone lies in the spoken word, and all nations use it both for blessing and cursing. But these, to be effective, must be choice, well knit, rhythmic words (verba concepta), must have lilt and tune; hence all that is strong in the speech wielded by priest, physician, magician, is allied to the forms of poetry. [Jacob Grimm, "Teutonic Mythology" (transl. Stallybrass), 1883]Sense of "pleasing quality" evolved 17c. Meaning "small trinket fastened to a watch-chain, etc." first recorded 1865. Quantum physics sense is from 1964. To work like a charm (figuratively) is recorded by 1824.
c.1300, "to recite or cast a magic spell," from Old French charmer (13c.) "to enchant, to fill (someone) with desire (for something); to protect, cure, treat; to maltreat, harm," from Late Latin carminare, from Latin carmen (see charm (n.)). In Old French used alike of magical and non-magical activity. In English, "to win over by treating pleasingly, delight" from mid-15c. Related: Charmed; charming. Charmed (short for I am charmed) as a conventional reply to a greeting or meeting is attested by 1825.