or glam·or

[ glam-er ]
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  1. the quality of fascinating, alluring, or attracting, especially by a combination of charm and good looks.

  2. excitement, adventure, and unusual activity: the glamour of being an explorer.

  1. magic or enchantment; spell; witchery.

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

Origin of glamour

First recorded in 1710–20; from Scots glamar, glamer, dissimilated variant of grammar in sense “occult learning”

usage note For glamour

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How to use glamour in a sentence

  • She grew up in New York City, a fan of old Hollywood glamor and fashion, which eventually led to her professional career.

  • The glamor couple won't be without things to keep them busy.

    The Cheating German Baron | Stefan Theil | March 2, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • The glamor of the situation, with his father as the recognized champion of labor, fitted smoothly into his own rebellious dreams.

    Mountain | Clement Wood
  • It came upon him suddenly that the sweet witchery, the glamor falling over him was—love.

    Jolly Sally Pendleton | Laura Jean Libbey
  • Little in touch with the true spirit of Christianity, it was easily led by the glamor of resounding phrases and classical figures.

    The War Upon Religion | Rev. Francis A. Cunningham
  • She saw all in the clear light of reason, not in the glamor of love, and her judgment condemned them both.

    Marion Arleigh's Penance | Charlotte M. Braeme
  • Strange is a Celtic landscape, far more moving, disturbing than the lovely glamor of Italy and Greece.

    Sea and Sardinia | D. H. Lawrence

British Dictionary definitions for glamour


sometimes US glamor

/ (ˈɡlæmə) /

  1. charm and allure; fascination

    • fascinating or voluptuous beauty, often dependent on artifice

    • (as modifier): a glamour girl

  1. archaic a magic spell; charm

Origin of glamour

C18: Scottish variant of grammar (hence a magic spell, because occult practices were popularly associated with learning)

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