Definition of glamour in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡlamər/
(also glamor)


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
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  • 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.
allure, attraction, fascination, charm, magic, romance, mystique, exoticism, spell;
excitement, thrill;
glitter, bright lights
informal glitz, glam, tinsel
1.1Beauty or charm that is sexually attractive: George had none of his brother’s glamour
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  • 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.
beauty, allure, attractiveness;
elegance, chic, style;
charisma, charm, magnetism, desirability
1.2 archaic Enchantment; magic: that maiden, made by glamour out of flowers


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.

  • Although the two words are rarely associated with each other, glamour and grammar are related. Glamour was originally a Scots word meaning ‘enchantment or magic’ or ‘a magic spell or charm’—if someone cast the glamour over you, they enchanted or bewitched you—and was an altered form of grammar. Greek gramma ‘a letter of the alphabet, something written down’ was the source of grammar, which in medieval times had the sense ‘scholarship or learning’. Learning and the study of books was popularly associated with astrology and occult practices, hence the connection with magic. ‘Magical beauty’ became associated with glamour in the mid 19th century, and from the 1930s the word was particularly used of attractive women. In the early 1970s a new kind of glamour was displayed largely by men—glam rock, in which acts wore exaggeratedly flamboyant clothes and glittery make-up. See also prestige

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Syllabification: glam·our

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