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[glam-er] /ˈglæm ər/
the quality of fascinating, alluring, or attracting, especially by a combination of charm and good looks.
excitement, adventure, and unusual activity:
the glamour of being an explorer.
magic or enchantment; spell; witchery.
suggestive or full of glamour; glamorous:
a glamour job in television; glamour stocks.
Origin of glamour
1710-20; earlier glammar, dissimilated variant of grammar in sense of occult learning
Usage note
See -or1. Unabridged
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  • That all this virility and nubility and glamor is pure coincidence?

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
  • To her it had all the glamor of a childhood home in summer time.

  • As I approached the shore the glamor lent by distance disappeared.

    Where the Strange Trails Go Down E. Alexander Powell
  • Priests have a manifest interest in maintaining this glamor.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • It dimmed the glamor of romance which seemed to surround him like a halo.

    Georgina of the Rainbows Annie Fellows Johnston
  • Such wonders as these intensified the glamor of the interior world.

    The Goddess of Atvatabar William R. Bradshaw
  • With a feeling of sadness I realize that the glamor is all gone now.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
  • And as you eat your fish from the store how little do you reck of the glamor of what you are doing!

    Modern Essays John Macy
  • They were not wrapped in a glamor of romance; she was altogether too keen to idealize them.

    North of Fifty-Three

    Bertrand W. Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for glamor


charm and allure; fascination
  1. fascinating or voluptuous beauty, often dependent on artifice
  2. (as modifier): a glamour girl
(archaic) a magic spell; charm
Word Origin
C18: Scottish variant of grammar (hence a magic spell, because occult practices were popularly associated with learning)
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Word Origin and History for glamor

chiefly U.S. alternative spelling of glamour (q.v.). Related: Glamorous; glamorously.



1720, Scottish, "magic, enchantment" (especially in phrase to cast the glamor), a variant of Scottish gramarye "magic, enchantment, spell," alteration of English grammar (q.v.) with a medieval sense of "any sort of scholarship, especially occult learning." Popularized by the writings of Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832). Sense of "magical beauty, alluring charm" first recorded 1840.



1814, from glamour (n.). Related: Glamoured; glamouring.

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