- marked by good fortune or privilege: a charmed life.
- Physics. (of a particle) having a nonzero value of charm.
Origin of charmed
- 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.
- charms, attractiveness.
- 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: CCompare 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.
Origin of charm1
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Examples from the Web for charmed
Halfway through his second term, Johnson has enjoyed a charmed life.Boris Johnson’s Churchill Man Crush
Michael F. Bishop
November 22, 2014
There was instead the very best and LaChanze proved how right it is that her name means “the Charmed One” in Creole.A 9/11 Widow’s Perfect ‘Amazing Grace’ at the Ground Zero Museum
May 16, 2014
After preparatory school in Illinois, Hay went to Brown University, where he amused men and charmed women.The Battle over President Lincoln’s Legacy
February 8, 2014
The 40-year-old Charmed star met with E.L. James recently, sparking rumors of an impending casting announcement.Every Juicy Thing We Know About the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Movie
November 15, 2013
With irony and wit he charmed a nation, but displayed a detachment that kept him aloof from the passions of his time.The New New Left Is No New Frontier and JFK Was No Liberal
James L. Swanson, Michael F. Bishop
October 8, 2013
Charmed, old man; deuced pally of you to stay by us down in that hole, you know.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Weary as she was, Hester was charmed with hers, and the more charmed the more she surveyed it.Weighed and Wanting
People would be charmed with simple life, and me as universal provider.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
That was the first flower which charmed my eyes as a child, and I have loved it ever since.My Double Life
Meantime the more he saw of Lady Millicent, the more he was charmed with her.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
- delighted or fascinateda charmed audience
- seemingly protected by a magic spellhe bears a charmed life
- physics possessing charma charmed quark
- 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 charmhe charmed them into believing him
- Southwest English dialect a loud noise, as of a number of people chattering or of birds singing
Word Origin and History for charmed
c.1300, "to recite or cast a magic spell," from Old French charmer (13c.) "to enchant, to fill (someone) with desire (for something); to protect, cure, treat; to maltreat, harm," from Late Latin carminare, from Latin carmen (see charm (n.)). In Old French used alike of magical and non-magical activity. In English, "to win over by treating pleasingly, delight" from mid-15c. Related: Charmed; charming. Charmed (short for I am charmed) as a conventional reply to a greeting or meeting is attested by 1825.
c.1300, "incantation, magic charm," from Old French charme (12c.) "magic charm, magic, spell; incantation, song, lamentation," from Latin carmen "song, verse, enchantment, religious formula," from canere "to sing" (see chant (v.)), with dissimilation of -n- to -r- before -m- in intermediate form *canmen (for a similar evolution, see Latin germen "germ," from *genmen). The notion is of chanting or reciting verses of magical power.
A yet stronger power than that of herb or stone lies in the spoken word, and all nations use it both for blessing and cursing. But these, to be effective, must be choice, well knit, rhythmic words (verba concepta), must have lilt and tune; hence all that is strong in the speech wielded by priest, physician, magician, is allied to the forms of poetry. [Jacob Grimm, "Teutonic Mythology" (transl. Stallybrass), 1883]
Sense of "pleasing quality" evolved 17c. Meaning "small trinket fastened to a watch-chain, etc." first recorded 1865. Quantum physics sense is from 1964. To work like a charm (figuratively) is recorded by 1824.
- 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.