or glam·or

[ glam-er ]
/ ˈglæm ər /


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.


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

Nearby words

  1. glamorgan,
  2. glamorganshire,
  3. glamorize,
  4. glamorous,
  5. glamorously,
  6. glamour boy,
  7. glamour girl,
  8. glamour puss,
  9. glamour stock,
  10. glamping

Origin of glamour

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

Usage note

See -or1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for glamour


sometimes US glamor

/ (ˈɡlæmə) /


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 glamour
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