a person or thing that spellbinds, especially a powerful speaker who can captivate an audience.

Origin of spellbinder

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90; spellbind + -er1
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Examples from the Web for spellbinder

Historical Examples of spellbinder

  • On the stump he does not address the imagination as does the Hibernian spellbinder.

    The Old World in the New

    Edward Alsworth Ross

  • Although he differs somewhat from Mr. Bryan in political views, he has the same powers as a spellbinder.

    The Fiction Factory

    John Milton Edwards

  • Course, he's no spellbinder, but he can say what he wants to in a few words and make himself heard.

  • But the speakers of both parties were tyros compared to the American brand of spellbinder.

  • It is all very well for the "spellbinder" to claim all the precincts—the official count is just ahead.

    The Art of Public Speaking

    Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein

British Dictionary definitions for spellbinder



a person capable of holding others spellbound, esp a political speaker
a novel, play, etc, that holds one enthralled
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