Definition of glamour in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡlamə/
(US also glamor)


[mass noun]
1An attractive or exciting quality that makes certain people or things seem appealing: the glamour of Monte Carlo
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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, attractiveness, fascination, charm, enchantment, captivation, magic, romance, mystique, exoticism, spell;
excitement, thrill, glitter, brilliance, the bright lights, the high life
informal glitz, pizzazz, glam
1.1Beauty or charm that is sexually attractive: pile hair up for evening 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, fascination, magnetism, seductiveness, desirability
rare witchery
1.2 [as modifier] Denoting or relating to sexually suggestive or mildly pornographic photography or publications: a glamour model
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  • The other side to Mark's job is the glamour photography, providing pictures of scantily-clad models for a number of men's titles.
  • She is a well-known glamour model who allows her photograph to appear in sex industry advertisements.
  • The photograph was of a well-known glamour model, taken and used with her consent.
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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