[ spel-bahyn-der ]
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  1. 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

Words Nearby spellbinder

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How to use spellbinder in a sentence

  • Like the spellbinder, the oracle frequently builds on the look-on-this-picture-and-then-on-that plan.

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

    The Old World in the New | Edward Alsworth Ross
  • But he had fallen under the hypnotism of some too eloquent spellbinder.

    The Cup of Fury | Rupert Hughes
  • The new spellbinder was anxious to speak whenever there was an occasion, and often when there was none at all.

    The Candidate | Joseph Alexander Altsheler

British Dictionary definitions for spellbinder


/ (ˈspɛlˌbaɪndə) /

  1. a person capable of holding others spellbound, esp a political speaker

  2. a novel, play, etc, that holds one enthralled

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