verb (used with object), en·thralled, en·thral·ling.

Related formsen·thral·ment, noun



verb (used with object)

to captivate or charm: a performer whose grace, skill, and virtuosity enthrall her audiences.
to put or hold in slavery; subjugate: to be enthralled by illusions and superstitions.
Also inthral, inthrall.

Origin of enthrall

First recorded in 1570–80; en-1 + thrall
Related formsen·thrall·er, nounen·thrall·ing·ly, adverben·thrall·ment, noun

Synonyms for enthrall

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Contemporary Examples of enthralled

Historical Examples of enthralled

  • He had been interested by the play when he read it, but now he was enthralled by it.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • And is not this the state in which the soul is most enthralled by the body?



  • But that she should be enthralled and Jack free was not to be borne!

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope

  • Silvey beamed, enthralled as usual by John's fertile imagination.

    A Son of the City

    Herman Gastrell Seely

  • There had been only two hops, and I was so enthralled already.


    Elizabeth Wetherell

British Dictionary definitions for enthralled


US enthrall

verb -thrals or US -thralls, -thralling or -thralled (tr)

to hold spellbound; enchant; captivate
obsolete to hold as thrall; enslave
Derived Formsenthraller, nounenthralment or US enthrallment, noun

Word Origin for enthral

C16: from en- 1 + thrall
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Word Origin and History for enthralled



also enthral "to hold in mental or moral bondage," 1570s, from en- (1) "make, put in" + thrall. Literal sense is from 1610s. Related: Enthralled; enthralling.

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