[ uh-loo r-ing ]
/ əˈlʊər ɪŋ /


very attractive or tempting; enticing; seductive.
fascinating; charming.

Nearby words

  1. allston,
  2. allston, washington,
  3. allude,
  4. allure,
  5. allurement,
  6. alluringly,
  7. allusion,
  8. allusive,
  9. allusively,
  10. alluvial

Origin of alluring

First recorded in 1525–35; allure1 + -ing2

Related formsal·lur·ing·ly, adverbal·lur·ing·ness, nounun·al·lur·ing, adjectiveun·al·lur·ing·ly, adverb


[ 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.


fascination; charm; appeal.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for alluring


/ (əˈljʊərɪŋ, əˈlʊə-) /


enticing; fascinating; attractive
Derived Formsalluringly, adverb


/ (əˈljʊə, əˈlʊə) /


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


attractiveness; appealthe cottage's allure was its isolation
Derived Formsallurement, nounallurer, noun

Word Origin for allure

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

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