[ uh-loor ]
See synonyms for: allurealluredalluringallurer on

verb (used with object),al·lured, al·lur·ing.
  1. to attract or tempt by something flattering or desirable.

  2. to fascinate; charm.

verb (used without object),al·lured, al·lur·ing.
  1. to be attractive or tempting.

  1. fascination; charm; appeal.

Origin of allure

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English aluren, from Middle French alurer, from a- a-5 + lurer “to lure”; see lure

Other words for allure

Other words from allure

  • al·lur·er, noun
  • un·al·lured, adjective

Words Nearby allure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use allure in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for allure


/ (əˈljʊə, əˈlʊə) /

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

  1. attractiveness; appeal: the cottage's allure was its isolation

Origin of allure

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

Derived forms of allure

  • allurement, noun
  • allurer, noun

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