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glamour

or glam·or

[glam-er]
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noun
  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.
  3. magic or enchantment; spell; witchery.
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adjective
  1. suggestive or full of glamour; glamorous: a glamour job in television; glamour stocks.
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Origin of glamour

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

Usage note

See -or1.
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Related Words

beautycolorcharismaallurecharmprestigeenchantmentallurementfascinationromanceattractionmagnetisminterestappealrazzle-dazzlebewitchmentravishment

Examples from the Web for glamour

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Historical Examples

  • But—if indeed, you are dazzled by the glamour of a title—do not be too confident of his fealty.

  • But what did anything matter, if the glamour of the Nile was in our blood?

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • Yet the fascinating possibility is like a taste for drink, or the glamour of cards.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • There is a mystery at the heart of the book that throws over it the glamour of romance.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • But the 'glamour' of the moon is not a mere poetic invention or a lover's fancy.

    Storyology

    Benjamin Taylor


British Dictionary definitions for glamour

glamour

sometimes US glamor

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

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

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.

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v.

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

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