glamour

or glam·or

[glam-er]

noun

the quality of fascinating, alluring, or attracting, especially by a combination of charm and good looks.
excitement, adventure, and unusual activity: the glamour of being an explorer.
magic or enchantment; spell; witchery.

adjective

suggestive or full of glamour; glamorous: a glamour job in television; glamour stocks.

Origin of glamour

1710–20; earlier glammar, dissimilated variant of grammar in sense of occult learning

Usage note

See -or1.
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glamour

sometimes US glamor

noun

charm and allure; fascination
  1. fascinating or voluptuous beauty, often dependent on artifice
  2. (as modifier)a glamour girl
archaic a magic spell; charm

Word Origin for glamour

C18: Scottish variant of grammar (hence a magic spell, because occult practices were popularly associated with learning)
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Word Origin and History for glamor

chiefly U.S. alternative spelling of glamour (q.v.). Related: Glamorous; glamorously.

glamour

n.

1720, Scottish, "magic, enchantment" (especially in phrase to cast the glamor), a variant of Scottish gramarye "magic, enchantment, spell," alteration of English grammar (q.v.) with a medieval sense of "any sort of scholarship, especially occult learning." Popularized by the writings of Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832). Sense of "magical beauty, alluring charm" first recorded 1840.

glamour

v.

1814, from glamour (n.). Related: Glamoured; glamouring.

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