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charm

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[ chahrm ]
/ tʃɑrm /
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noun
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Origin of charm

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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 FROM charm

charm·ed·ly [chahr-mid-lee], /ˈtʃɑr mɪd li/, adverbcharmer, nouncharmless, adjectivecharm·less·ly, adverb

Other definitions for charm (2 of 2)

charm2
[ chahrm ]
/ tʃɑrm /

noun British Dialect.
blended singing of birds, children, etc.

Origin of charm

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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”)
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British Dictionary definitions for charm (1 of 2)

charm1
/ (tʃɑːm) /

noun
verb

Word Origin for charm

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

British Dictionary definitions for charm (2 of 2)

charm2
/ (tʃɑːm) /

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

Word Origin for charm

C16: variant of chirm
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Scientific definitions for charm

charm
[ chärm ]

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