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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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  • It is especially unsafe to attempt a final judgment upon the works of a poet while the glamor of them is still upon us.

    Recollections of a Varied Life George Cary Eggleston
  • That all this virility and nubility and glamor is pure coincidence?

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
  • How much hollower when we consider it as it stands, stripped of the veil of fancy and divested of the glamor of association!

    The Book Of God G. W. Foote
  • To her it had all the glamor of a childhood home in summer time.

  • As a recent writer has suggested, "There is a glamor about the foreign investment" which does not hold for a domestic one.

    The American Empire Scott Nearing
  • Such wonders as these intensified the glamor of the interior world.

    The Goddess of Atvatabar William R. Bradshaw
  • It casts a yellow glamor over the earth, a glamor not of joy, nor of pleasure, nor of happiness—but of peace.

  • With a feeling of sadness I realize that the glamor is all gone now.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
  • The glamor of the day had passed, and now what mockery and bitterness came with the cold, unimpassioned light of the moon!

    The Hill of Venus Nathan Gallizier
British Dictionary definitions for glamor


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 glamor

chiefly U.S. alternative spelling of glamour (q.v.). Related: Glamorous; glamorously.



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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