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verb (used with object), en·thralled, en·thral·ling.
  1. enthrall.
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Related formsen·thral·ment, noun


verb (used with object)
  1. to captivate or charm: a performer whose grace, skill, and virtuosity enthrall her audiences.
  2. to put or hold in slavery; subjugate: to be enthralled by illusions and superstitions.
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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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  • One of the most enthralling stories Mr. Silas Hocking has ever written.

    The White Lie

    William Le Queux

  • But settling a new world would be enthralling and important work.

    The Pirates of Ersatz

    Murray Leinster

  • Once the subject of that book had been of an enthralling interest to him.

    April's Lady

    Margaret Wolfe Hungerford

  • Canaan is of those novels that centre about an enthralling idea.

    Brazilian Tales

    Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis

  • She has been——Well, this case of yours is a most enthralling one, Kenwick.

    The Rest Hollow Mystery

    Rebecca N. Porter

British Dictionary definitions for enthralling


  1. holding the attention completely; fascinating; spellbinding
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US enthrall

verb -thrals or US -thralls, -thralling or -thralled (tr)
  1. to hold spellbound; enchant; captivate
  2. obsolete to hold as thrall; enslave
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Derived Formsenthraller, nounenthralment or US enthrallment, noun

Word Origin

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



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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