[ en-thrawl ]
/ ɛnˈθrɔl /

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

Nearby words

  1. enthalpy,
  2. enthesis,
  3. enthesitis,
  4. enthesopathy,
  5. enthetic,
  6. enthrall,
  7. enthralling,
  8. enthrone,
  9. enthronement,
  10. enthuse

Related formsen·thral·ment, noun


[ en-thrawl ]
/ ɛnˈθrɔl /

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

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US enthrall

/ (ɪnˈθrɔːl) /

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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