[ en-chant, -chahnt ]
/ ɛnˈtʃænt, -ˈtʃɑnt /

verb (used with object)

to subject to magical influence; bewitch: fairytales about witches who enchant handsome princes and beautiful maidens.
to delight to a high degree: Her gaiety and wit have enchanted us all.
to impart a magic quality or effect to.

Nearby words

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  5. enchain,
  6. enchanted,
  7. enchanter,
  8. enchanter's nightshade,
  9. enchanting,
  10. enchantment

Origin of enchant

1325–75; Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French enchanter < Latin incantāre to put a spell on; see incantation

Related formsun·en·chant·ed, adjective

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/ (ɪnˈtʃɑːnt) /

verb (tr)

to cast a spell on; bewitch
to delight or captivate utterly; fascinate; charm
Derived Formsenchanter, nounenchantress, fem n

Word Origin for enchant

C14: from Old French enchanter, from Latin incantāre to chant a spell, from cantāre to chant, from canere to sing

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Word Origin and History for enchant



late 14c., literal and figurative, from Old French enchanter "bewitch, charm, cast a spell" (12c.), from Latin incantare (see enchantment). Or perhaps a back-formation from enchantment. Related: Enchanting; enchantingly. Enchanted in weakened sense of "delighted" is from 1590s.

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