enthral

[ en-thrawl ]
/ ɛnˈθrɔl /

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

Related forms

en·thral·ment, noun

Definition for enthralling (2 of 2)

enthrall

[ 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 forms

en·thrall·er, nounen·thrall·ing·ly, adverben·thrall·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for enthralling (1 of 2)

enthralling

/ (ɪnˈθrɔːlɪŋ) /

adjective

holding the attention completely; fascinating; spellbinding

British Dictionary definitions for enthralling (2 of 2)

enthral

US enthrall

/ (ɪnˈθrɔːl) /

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

to hold spellbound; enchant; captivate
obsolete to hold as thrall; enslave

Derived Forms

enthraller, nounenthralment or US enthrallment, noun

Word Origin for enthral

C16: from en- 1 + thrall
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