enchantment

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

noun

the art, act, or an instance of enchanting.
the state of being enchanted.
something that enchants: Music is an enchantment that never fails.

Origin of enchantment

1250–1300; Middle English enchantement < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin incantāmentum. See enchant, -ment
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enchantment

/ (ɪnˈtʃɑːntmənt) /

noun

the act of enchanting or state of being enchanted
a magic spell or act of witchcraft
great charm or fascination
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Word Origin and History for enchantment

enchantment


n.

late 13c., from Old French encantement, from enchanter "bewitch, charm," from Latin incantare, literally "enchant, cast a (magic) spell upon," from in- "upon, into" (see in- (2)) + cantare "to sing" (see chant (v.)). Figurative sense of "alluring" is from 1670s. Cf. Old English galdor "song," also "spell, enchantment," from galan "to sing," source of the second element in nightingale.

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