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[spel-bahyn-der] /ˈspɛlˌbaɪn dər/
a person or thing that spellbinds, especially a powerful speaker who can captivate an audience.
Origin of spellbinder
An Americanism dating back to 1885-90; spellbind + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • On the stump he does not address the imagination as does the Hibernian spellbinder.

    The Old World in the New Edward Alsworth Ross
  • Although he differs somewhat from Mr. Bryan in political views, he has the same powers as a spellbinder.

    The Fiction Factory John Milton Edwards
  • Course, he's no spellbinder, but he can say what he wants to in a few words and make himself heard.

    The House of Torchy Sewell Ford
  • But the speakers of both parties were tyros compared to the American brand of spellbinder.

  • It is all very well for the "spellbinder" to claim all the precincts—the official count is just ahead.

    The Art of Public Speaking Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
  • Like the spellbinder, the oracle frequently builds on the look-on-this-picture-and-then-on-that plan.

British Dictionary definitions for spellbinder


a person capable of holding others spellbound, esp a political speaker
a novel, play, etc, that holds one enthralled
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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