enchanting

[ en-chan-ting, -chahn- ]
/ ɛnˈtʃæn tɪŋ, -ˈtʃɑn- /

adjective

charming; captivating: an enchanting smile.

Origin of enchanting

First recorded in 1545–55; enchant + -ing2
Related formsen·chant·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for enchanting (2 of 2)

enchant

[ 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.

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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British Dictionary definitions for enchanting (1 of 2)

enchanting

/ (ɪnˈtʃɑːntɪŋ) /

adjective

pleasant; delightful
Derived Formsenchantingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for enchanting (2 of 2)

enchant

/ (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 enchanting

enchant


v.

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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