- 1The power or quality of giving delight or arousing admiration: he was captivated by her youthful charmMore example sentences
- I'm fascinated by this character trait known as charm or charisma.
- This London hit show took America by storm, full of charm, humour and delightful songs that make it a perfect theatrical event for the entire family.
- But they still retain a kind of charm, which attracts camera-toting tourists round the clock.
- 1.1 (usually charms) An attractive or alluring characteristic: the hidden charms of the cityMore example sentences
- But Winnipeg's a great prairie city, with hidden charms.
- It was in January 1997 that the newspaper noticed her charms and featured her in a photo shoot.
- Judge Brett Cullum thinks this oft-reviled David Lynch feature definitely has its charms, if you know how to approach it.
- 2A small ornament worn on a necklace or bracelet.More example sentences
- Rearranging my charms, necklace and bracelet I make sure I look presentable to a street gang.
- Any trinkets, charms, or ornaments expected of a 17-year-old girl to have in her room would never appear in my mine, because I simply did not own any.
- She held up a variety of decorative necklaces and charms.
- 3An object, act, or saying believed to have magic power: the dreamcatcher is a charm used to prevent bad dreamsMore example sentences
- Was it a prayer, a magic spell, a charm, or a prediction?
- It is a place that is full of spells and curses, where powerful charms work their magic, and everything is witchcraft and wizardry.
- Not since his first sale of a magic charm was he so concerned over the opinion of his work.
- 3.1An object kept or worn to ward off evil and bring good luck: a good luck charmMore example sentences
- This charm brings me luck wherever I go for fairies enchanted it.
- Letters, cards, all sorts of miraculous medals and good luck charms have all been winging their way there in recent years.
- After just a fortnight at home, I'd already sold the clothes on my back for a few precious bowls of luck charms.
- 4 Physics One of six flavors of quark.More example sentences
- The charm quark stays effectively at rest inside the baryon because it is much more massive than the up, down and strange quarks.
- Similar fun is had in other fields of science, as for instance by physicists who have named a class of elementary particles quarks, of which charm is one of the flavors.
- These include the charm and top quarks, which are heavy copies of the up quark, and the strange and bottom quarks, which are heavy copies of the down quark.
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- 1Delight greatly: the books have charmed children the world overMore example sentences
- But I also could not help but be charmed by the book as a whole.
- Again, each child was welcomed by a smiling elf who brought them to the cubicle where a warm, friendly Santa tried every trick in the book to charm my youngster.
- Her neighbors are equally charmed by the handsome garden that reflects the area's easygoing lifestyle.
- 1.1Gain or influence by charm: he charmed her into going outMore example sentences
- Of all the US surrogate candidates and vice-presidential hopefuls, none can touch his ability to charm voters.
- Duke's ability to charm us really comes from the single irony he generates.
- I don't want you to try to charm me or beguile me or do whatever it is you normally do to have your wicked way with women.
- 2Control or achieve by or as if by magic: pretending to charm a cobra [with adverbial]: she will charm your warts awayMore example sentences
- They then moved the fork whilst in the ground, which apparently charms the worms to the surface when the fork is removed.
- He had laughed, he had charmed me, almost bewitched me.
- Search where you will, you will not see one who can charm a snake like me.
turn on the charm
- Use one’s ability to charm in order to influence someone.More example sentences
- Come on, I know all about my big brother's ability to turn on the charm when he wants to.
- He relaxes, and he comes alive - he turns on the charm.
- But this isn't a man who turns on the charm at the hint of a camera flash or the whirr of a journalist's Dictaphone.
work like a charm
- Be completely successful or effective.More example sentences
- The more public approach seems to have worked like a charm.
- His voice never raised above a moderate level, yet his approach worked like a charm.
- But it works like a charm within the current range of tax rates.
Middle English (in the senses 'incantation or magic spell' and 'to use spells'): from Old French charme (noun), charmer (verb), from Latin carmen 'song, verse, incantation'.