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  1. a power of pleasing or attracting, as through personality or beauty: charm of manner; the charm of a mountain lake.

  2. a trait or feature imparting this power.

  1. charms, attractiveness.

  2. a trinket to be worn on a bracelet, necklace, etc.

  3. something worn or carried on one's person for its supposed magical effect; amulet.

  4. any action supposed to have magical power.

  5. the chanting or recitation of a magic verse or formula.

  6. a verse or formula credited with magical power.

  7. Physics. a quantum number assigned the value +1 for one kind of quark, −1 for its antiquark, and 0 for all other quarks. Symbol: C: Compare charmed quark.

verb (used with object)
  1. to delight or please greatly by beauty, attractiveness, etc.; enchant: She charmed us with her grace.

  2. to act upon (someone or something) with or as with a compelling or magical force: to charm a bird from a tree.

  1. to endow with or protect by supernatural powers.

  2. to gain or influence through personal charm: He charmed a raise out of his boss.

verb (used without object)
  1. to be fascinating or pleasing.

  2. to use charms.

  1. to act as a charm.

Origin of charm

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English charme “magical verse or incantation,” from Old French, from Latin carmen “song, magical formula,” from unattested canmen (by dissimilation), equivalent to can(ere) “to sing” + -men noun suffix

Other words for charm

Other words from charm

  • charm·ed·ly [chahr-mid-lee], /ˈtʃɑr mɪd li/, adverb
  • charmer, noun
  • charmless, adjective
  • charm·less·ly, adverb

Words Nearby charm

Other definitions for charm (2 of 2)

[ chahrm ]

nounBritish Dialect.
  1. blended singing of birds, children, etc.

Origin of charm

First recorded in 1520–30 as cherme, dialect variant of chirm “noise, din,” perhaps associated with charm1 (in the sense “chanting of a magic verse”) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use charm in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for charm (1 of 2)


/ (tʃɑːm) /

  1. the quality of pleasing, fascinating, or attracting people

  2. a pleasing or attractive feature

  1. a small object worn or kept for supposed magical powers of protection; amulet; talisman

  2. a trinket worn on a bracelet

  3. a magic spell; enchantment

  4. a formula or action used in casting such a spell

  5. physics an internal quantum number of certain elementary particles, used to explain some scattering experiments

  6. like a charm perfectly; successfully

  1. to attract or fascinate; delight greatly

  2. to cast a magic spell on

  1. to protect, influence, or heal, supposedly by magic

  2. (tr) to influence or obtain by personal charm: he charmed them into believing him

Origin of charm

C13: from Old French charme, from Latin carmen song, incantation, from canere to sing

British Dictionary definitions for charm (2 of 2)


/ (tʃɑːm) /

  1. Southwest English dialect a loud noise, as of a number of people chattering or of birds singing

Origin of charm

C16: variant of chirm

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Scientific definitions for charm


[ chärm ]

  1. One of the flavors of quarks, contributing to the charm number-a quantum number-for hadrons.

  2. A charmed particle is a particle that contains at least one charmed quark or charmed antiquark. The charmed quark was hypothesized to account for the longevity of the J/psi particle and to explain differences in the behavior of leptons and hadrons. See more at flavor.

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Other Idioms and Phrases with charm


In addition to the idioms beginning with charm

  • charmed life
  • charm the pants off

also see:

  • (charm the) pants off
  • work like a charm

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