Definition of allure in English:

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allure

Pronunciation: /əˈlo͝or/

noun

The quality of being powerfully and mysteriously attractive or fascinating: people for whom gold holds no allure
More example sentences
  • Instead, the shadows crept over her, giving her a rather mysterious allure and then soon took off.
  • Despite its romantic allure, gold has historically been a pretty lousy investment.
  • Part of the continuing allure of police action films is the chance to get under the skin of a criminal, to glimpse into an alien world.
Synonyms
attraction, lure, draw, pull, appeal, allurement, enticement, temptation, charm, seduction, fascination

verb

[with object]
Powerfully attract or charm; tempt.
Example sentences
  • The once pretty and alluring attraction of Little Marlow had been lost.
  • Becky, working as a governess, resorts to her good looks and alluring personality to move up in society.
  • This British duo continues to rock with alluring sensitivity and a plenitude of pop sensibility.
Synonyms
attract, lure, entice, tempt, appeal to, captivate, draw, win over, charm, seduce, inveigle, beguile, fascinate, whet the appetite of, make someone's mouth water
enticing, tempting, attractive, appealing, inviting, captivating, fetching, seductive;
enchanting, charming, fascinating
informal come-hither

Derivatives

allurement

Pronunciation: /əˈlo͝ormənt/
noun
Example sentences
  • It was held that the attractive-looking berries constituted an allurement to children for which the defendants were liable.
  • I was walking with some girlfriends one sunny day and the conversation drifted around to what one thing we would wish for to make us feel better about our physical allurements.
  • The law prohibits conversion from one religion to another by ‘the use of force or allurement or by fraudulent means’.

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense 'tempt, entice'): from Old French aleurier 'attract', from a- (from Latin ad 'to') + luere 'a lure' (originally a falconry term).

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