a power of pleasing or attracting, as through personality or beauty: charm of manner; the charm of a mountain lake.
a trait or feature imparting this power.
a trinket to be worn on a bracelet, necklace, etc.
something worn or carried on one's person for its supposed magical effect; amulet.
any action supposed to have magical power.
the chanting or recitation of a magic verse or formula.
a verse or formula credited with magical power.
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.
to delight or please greatly by beauty, attractiveness, etc.; enchant: She charmed us with her grace.
to act upon (someone or something) with or as with a compelling or magical force: to charm a bird from a tree.
to endow with or protect by supernatural powers.
to gain or influence through personal charm: He charmed a raise out of his boss.
to be fascinating or pleasing.
to use charms.
to act as a charm.
- charm·ed·ly [chahr-mid-lee], /ˈtʃɑr mɪd li/, adverb
- charmer, noun
- charmless, adjective
- charm·less·ly, adverb
Other definitions for charm (2 of 2)
blended singing of birds, children, etc.
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How to use charm in a sentence
They even had the tournament’s favorite 98-year-old nun, Sister Jean, as a lucky charm.Remember Loyola? This Team Is Even Better Than The One That Made The Final Four. | Jake Lourim | February 10, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
He was friendly and had a captivating charm and a sharp wit, Monteleone said.Montgomery high school senior, athlete, slain, Howard County police say | Martin Weil | February 8, 2021 | Washington Post
Part of the trials’ charm has been the sheer number of participants, the vast majority with little to no chance of making the Olympic team.USA Swimming shrinks Olympic trials as safety precaution | Rick Maese | January 26, 2021 | Washington Post
The exact recipe was a closely guarded secret, but part of the petite crab cake’s charm was the restraint deployed by the chef.We lost Johnny’s Half Shell to the pandemic. After 20 years, it deserves a farewell toast. | Tom Sietsema | January 15, 2021 | Washington Post
We can practically see the steam coming out of Pen’s ears as she watches her cousin charm Colin.‘Bridgerton’ dropped several clues about Lady Whistledown’s identity. Did they add up? | Bethonie Butler | January 6, 2021 | Washington Post
There is charm, oodles of it, but also a steeliness about Gilkes.William, Kate, and Jay Z’s Favorite Art Star: Alexander Gilkes' World of Rock Stars and Royalty | Tim Teeman | December 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the end, Stephen did not kill young William, which the knight would claim was due to his charm.England’s Greatest Knight Puts ‘Game of Thrones’ to Shame | William O’Connor | December 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The charm continues when he waxes on—and on—about the immeasurable respect he has for Cumberbatch, his friend of over 15 years.From ‘The Good Wife’ to ‘The Imitation Game’: Matthew Goode Wages His Charm Offensive | Kevin Fallon | November 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The system faintly evokes the charm of the Hogwarts houses—without a Sorting Hat, that is.
In the last several months Pyongyang has launched a charm offensive directed at Moscow, Tokyo, and Seoul.
Many of them were delicious in the role; one of them was the embodiment of every womanly grace and charm.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
Yet, if one looks closely, under the froth and foppery, some of the charm and perception of the man still shines through.A Letter from Mr. Cibber to Mr. Pope | Colley Cibber
Feeling sixteen and very foolish, she sank to the edge of a chair and muttered something about the charm of the room.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
Perhaps he is a little conscious of his charm; if so, it is hardly his fault, for hero-worship has been his lot from boyhood.First Plays | A. A. Milne
A great charm in Trevithick's character was his freedom and largeness of view in questions of competition.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
British Dictionary definitions for charm (1 of 2)
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
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 charm: he charmed them into believing him
British Dictionary definitions for charm (2 of 2)
Southwest English dialect a loud noise, as of a number of people chattering or of birds singing
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Scientific definitions for charm
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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Other Idioms and Phrases with charm
In addition to the idioms beginning with charm
- charmed life
- charm the pants off
- (charm the) pants off
- work like a charm
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