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glamour

Syllabification: glam·our
Pronunciation: /ˈɡlamər
 
/
(also glamor)

Definition of glamour in English:

noun

1The attractive or exciting quality that makes certain people or things seem appealing or special: the glamour of Monte Carlo [as modifier]: the glamour days of Old Hollywood
More example sentences
  • She was glitz, glamour and pizzazz ripped from the headlines.
  • I am sure the meeting will have all its usual glitz and glamour, as well as plenty of exciting racing, and it could be a big fillip.
  • Our response is automatic because, like the rest of the world's population, we've been conditioned to believe that the television industry is all glitz and glamour.
Synonyms
allure, attraction, fascination, charm, magic, romance, mystique, exoticism, spell;
excitement, thrill;
informal glitz, glam, tinsel
1.1Beauty or charm that is sexually attractive: George had none of his brother’s glamour
More example sentences
  • The show travels to nearly 200 cities around the world annually with the beauty, elegance, glamour and energy of a Broadway show.
  • There was so much of glamour, beauty and seduction in that dressing.
  • Whereas any black actress who wants to make it in Hollywood has to confront a world where glamour, beauty, sensuality and sexuality, desirability are always encoded as white.
Synonyms
elegance, chic, style;
charisma, charm, magnetism, desirability
1.2 archaic Enchantment; magic: that maiden, made by glamour out of flowers

Origin

early 18th century (originally Scots in the sense 'enchantment, magic'): alteration of grammar. Although grammar itself was not used in this sense, the Latin word grammatica (from which it derives) was often used in the Middle Ages to mean 'scholarship, learning', including the occult practices popularly associated with learning.

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