charm

1
[chahrm]

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. charlottesville,
  2. charlottetown,
  3. charlton,
  4. charlyn,
  5. charlyne,
  6. charm offensive,
  7. charm quark,
  8. charm school,
  9. charm the pants off,
  10. charmed

Origin of charm

1
1250–1300; Middle English charme, from Old French, from Latin carminem, accusative of carmen “song, magical formula,” from unattested canmen (by dissimilation), equivalent to can(ere) “to sing” + -men noun suffix

Related formscharm·ed·ly [chahr-mid-lee] /ˈtʃɑr mɪd li/, adverbcharm·er, nouncharm·less, adjectivecharm·less·ly, adverb

charm

2
[chahrm]

noun British Dialect.

blended singing of birds, children, etc.

Origin of charm

2
before 1000; Middle English cherm(e), Old English cerm, ceorm, variant of ci(e)rm outcry

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British Dictionary definitions for charm

charm

1

noun

the quality of pleasing, fascinating, or attracting people
a pleasing or attractive feature
a small object worn or kept for supposed magical powers of protection; amulet; talisman
a trinket worn on a bracelet
a magic spell; enchantment
a formula or action used in casting such a spell
physics an internal quantum number of certain elementary particles, used to explain some scattering experiments
like a charm perfectly; successfully

verb

to attract or fascinate; delight greatly
to cast a magic spell on
to protect, influence, or heal, supposedly by magic
(tr) to influence or obtain by personal charmhe charmed them into believing him

Word Origin for charm

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

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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Word Origin and History for charm
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Science 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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Idioms and Phrases with charm

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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