or glam·our·ize


verb (used with object), glam·or·ized, glam·or·iz·ing.

to make glamorous.
to glorify or romanticize: an adventure film that tended to glamorize war.

Nearby words

  1. glam rock,
  2. glamis castle,
  3. glamor,
  4. glamorgan,
  5. glamorganshire,
  6. glamorous,
  7. glamorously,
  8. glamour,
  9. glamour boy,
  10. glamour girl

Also especially British, glam·our·ise.

Origin of glamorize

An Americanism dating back to 1935–40; glamor + -ize

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British Dictionary definitions for glamorize


glamorise or sometimes US glamourize


(tr) to cause to be or seem glamorous; romanticize or beautify
Derived Formsglamorization or glamorisation, nounglamorizer or glamoriser, noun

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Word Origin and History for glamorize



also glamourize, 1901, from glamor + -ize. Related: Glamorized; glamorizing.

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