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[en-chan-ting, -chahn-] /ɛnˈtʃæn tɪŋ, -ˈtʃɑn-/
charming; captivating:
an enchanting smile.
Origin of enchanting
1545-55; enchant + -ing2
Related forms
enchantingly, adverb


[en-chant, -chahnt] /ɛnˈtʃænt, -ˈtʃɑnt/
verb (used with object)
to subject to magical influence; bewitch:
fairytales about witches who enchant handsome princes and beautiful maidens.
to delight to a high degree:
Her gaiety and wit have enchanted us all.
to impart a magic quality or effect to.
1325-75; Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French enchanter < Latin incantāre to put a spell on; see incantation
Related forms
unenchanted, adjective
2. fascinate, attract; captivate, enrapture. Unabridged
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  • It isn't often nowadays that a ballet production can be described as enchanting.
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British Dictionary definitions for enchanting


pleasant; delightful
Derived Forms
enchantingly, adverb


verb (transitive)
to cast a spell on; bewitch
to delight or captivate utterly; fascinate; charm
Derived Forms
enchanter, noun
enchantress, noun:feminine
Word Origin
C14: from Old French enchanter, from Latin incantāre to chant a spell, from cantāre to chant, from canere to sing
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Word Origin and History for enchanting



late 14c., literal and figurative, from Old French enchanter "bewitch, charm, cast a spell" (12c.), from Latin incantare (see enchantment). Or perhaps a back-formation from enchantment. Related: Enchanting; enchantingly. Enchanted in weakened sense of "delighted" is from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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