Definition of glam in English:


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Pronunciation: /glam


  • 1Glamorous: a dapper magician and his glam assistant
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    • Though people claim they can see through it all, they are still attracted by the glam quotient.
    • These glam dolls are the centre of attraction for all the things that are not cricket.
    • While all of these glam celebs have a team of stylists, hairdressers and makeup artists to help them look golden, it is possible to achieve the same brilliant styles by following their lead.
  • 1.1Relating to or denoting glam rock: some awful glam number from the mid seventies
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    • However, it is believed the glam rockers will attract large numbers of former British residents who now work and live in the Arab state.
    • We have a voracious appetite for glam metal in this town.
    • Then the band made the unfortunate decision to record a glam metal album, which did an enormous amount of damage to their career.


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  • 1Glamour: Nigel, for all his glam, was Karen’s sort
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    • It would really give the show that dash of glam that it's lacking, especially given the charisma-bereft cast of this season.
    • Glitz and glam are also well catered for with a gorgeous range of party dresses, perfect for cocktails by the pool.
    • Some digital effects are used magnificently, when filmmakers don't forget their movies had better have some soul as well as all that visual glitter and glam.
  • 1.1Glam rock: punk, glam, and psychedelia
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    • They were suffering through the dreaded opening-act curse, but eventually redeemed themselves with their mascara-running blend of glam, garage and punk.
    • They have been conquering power pop for over a decade now with an incalculable and possibly illicit debt to every great glam, punk, and hard rock band of the 1970s.
    • And it's a sweet, freely eclectic batch of classic punk, Cajun country, glam, rockabilly, and retro pop.

verb (glams, glamming, glammed)

(glam up or glam someone up) Back to top  
  • Make oneself or someone else look glamorous: [with object]: the girls get glammed up for a night on the town
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    • Left to his own devices, he glams up, dons his sister's gold platform boots and realises that he was born to boogie.
    • While it is understandable that a lot of people don't have the time or resources to spend on glamming up, occasionally it's fun to make a bit of an effort.
    • They're friendly, but they're also far better at glamming up than your usual crowd.


1930s: abbreviation.

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