allure

1
[ uh-loor ]
/ əˈlʊər /

verb (used with object), al·lured, al·lur·ing.

to attract or tempt by something flattering or desirable.
to fascinate; charm.

verb (used without object), al·lured, al·lur·ing.

to be attractive or tempting.

noun

fascination; charm; appeal.

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Origin of allure

1
1375–1425; late Middle English aluren < Middle French alurer, equivalent to a- a-5 + lurer to lure

OTHER WORDS FROM allure

al·lur·er, nounun·al·lured, adjective

Definition for allure (2 of 3)

allure2
[ al-yoo r, -yer ]
/ ˈæl yʊər, -yər /

noun

Definition for allure (3 of 3)

alure

or al·lure

[ al-yoo r, -yer ]
/ ˈæl yʊər, -yər /

noun

a passageway, as the walk along one side of a cloister.

Origin of alure

1250–1300; Middle English, also al(o)ur < Old French aleure passage, equivalent to ale walk (see alley1) + -ure -ure
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British Dictionary definitions for allure

allure
/ (əˈljʊə, əˈlʊə) /

verb

(tr) to entice or tempt (someone) to a person or place or to a course of action; attract

noun

attractiveness; appealthe cottage's allure was its isolation

Derived forms of allure

allurement, nounallurer, noun

Word Origin for allure

C15: from Old French alurer, from lure bait, lure
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