charming

[ chahr-ming ]
/ ˈtʃɑr mɪŋ /

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WATCH NOW: When To Use "Charismatic" Vs. "Charming"

We often describe a charismatic person as "charming." But, we would never describe a charming house, outfit, or book, no matter how attractive they are, as "charismatic." Let’s break the spell of these two similarly compelling words.

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adjective

pleasing; delightful: a charming child.
using charm; exercising magic power.

Origin of charming

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at charm1, -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM charming

charm·ing·ly, adverbcharm·ing·ness, nounun·charm·ing, adjective

Definition for charming (2 of 2)

charm1
[ chahrm ]
/ tʃɑrm /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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

OTHER WORDS FROM charm

charm·ed·ly [chahr-mid-lee] /ˈtʃɑr mɪd li/, adverbcharm·er, nouncharm·less, adjectivecharm·less·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for charming (1 of 3)

charming
/ (ˈtʃɑːmɪŋ) /

adjective

delightful; pleasant; attractive

Derived forms of charming

charmingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for charming (2 of 3)

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 charming (3 of 3)

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 charming

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 charming

charm

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