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verb (used with object), al·lured, al·lur·ing.
  1. to attract or tempt by something flattering or desirable.
  2. to fascinate; charm.
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verb (used without object), al·lured, al·lur·ing.
  1. to be attractive or tempting.
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  1. fascination; charm; appeal.
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Origin of allure

1375–1425; late Middle English aluren < Middle French alurer, equivalent to a- a-5 + lurer to lure
Related formsal·lur·er, nounun·al·lured, adjective

Synonyms for allure

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Related Words for allured

temptation, magnetism, attraction, charisma, charm, enticement, glamor, beguile, bewitch, enchant, captivate, enchantment, come-on, lure, pull, bait, fascinate, seduce, decoy, draw

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Historical Examples of allured

  • He was not, however, to be allured by passports or even terrified by threats.

    The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa

    Paul Barron Watson

  • She is, or is not, allured to Edinburgh, 'a wedding for to see.'

  • Europe, which he had scarcely glimpsed, glittered and allured.

    The Lovely Lady

    Mary Austin

  • "I must have it at any price," says the Nabob, allured by the name of Mora.

  • She was not allured, hardly tempted, by the young man's offer as he made it.

    Linda Tressel

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for allured


  1. (tr) to entice or tempt (someone) to a person or place or to a course of action; attract
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  1. attractiveness; appealthe cottage's allure was its isolation
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Derived Formsallurement, nounallurer, noun

Word Origin for allure

C15: from Old French alurer, from lure bait, lure
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Word Origin and History for allured



c.1400, from Anglo-French alurer, Old French aleurer "to attract, captivate; train a falcon to hunt," from à "to" (see ad-) + loirre "falconer's lure," from a Frankish word (see lure), perhaps influenced by French allure "gait, way of walking." Related: Allured; alluring. The noun is first attested 1540s; properly this sense is allurement.

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