or glam·or



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.

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

Examples from the Web for glamour

Contemporary Examples of glamour

Historical Examples of glamour

  • It was whispered, too, that a friend of Patty's with whom Annis was a great favorite had cast a glamour over the young lawyer.

  • The glamour with which affection can glorify even the rudest surroundings was denied him in his long life of seventy-six years.

  • The glamour of war appeals strongly to most men, to some it calls with irresistible demand.

    Napoleon's Marshals

    R. P. Dunn-Pattison

  • Our memory of this place can't have the glamour torn away whatever happens.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • But when a man reached Sergeant Madden's age, glamour didn't matter.

    A Matter of Importance

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

British Dictionary definitions for glamour


sometimes US glamor


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

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.


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

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