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[glam-er] /ˈglæm ər/
the quality of fascinating, alluring, or attracting, especially by a combination of charm and good looks.
excitement, adventure, and unusual activity:
the glamour of being an explorer.
magic or enchantment; spell; witchery.
suggestive or full of glamour; glamorous:
a glamour job in television; glamour stocks.
Origin of glamour
1710-20; earlier glammar, dissimilated variant of grammar in sense of occult learning
Usage note
See -or1. Unabridged
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  • But the strange part of it is that this glamour and beauty and sensitivity to life are not gone.
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  • He's attuned to a world in which writers must adapt or die in an age of diminished glamour surrounding literary product.
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  • After all, she had come through without losing her glamour.
  • Greg will be relaying all the glitz, glamour and barking going on during the celebration.
  • It is, after all, easy to get swept away with the glamour.
British Dictionary definitions for glamour


charm and allure; fascination
  1. fascinating or voluptuous beauty, often dependent on artifice
  2. (as modifier): a glamour girl
(archaic) a magic spell; charm
Word Origin
C18: Scottish variant of grammar (hence a magic spell, because occult practices were popularly associated with learning)
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Word Origin and History for glamour

1720, Scottish, "magic, enchantment" (especially in phrase to cast the glamor), a variant of Scottish gramarye "magic, enchantment, spell," alteration of English grammar (q.v.) with a medieval sense of "any sort of scholarship, especially occult learning." Popularized by the writings of Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832). Sense of "magical beauty, alluring charm" first recorded 1840.


1814, from glamour (n.). Related: Glamoured; glamouring.

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