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glamour

[glam-er] /ˈglæm ər/
noun
1.
the quality of fascinating, alluring, or attracting, especially by a combination of charm and good looks.
2.
excitement, adventure, and unusual activity:
the glamour of being an explorer.
3.
magic or enchantment; spell; witchery.
adjective
4.
suggestive or full of glamour; glamorous:
a glamour job in television; glamour stocks.
Also, glamor.
Origin
1710-1720
1710-20; earlier glammar, dissimilated variant of grammar in sense of occult learning
Usage note
See -or1.
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Examples for glamor
  • Staying in a famous hotel can add glamor to vacation trips.
  • Hats are also great to cast cover in the heat in middle of the day and add a note of glamor to your beach ensemble.
  • Over the years, certain hotels come to embody the historic glamor of their hometowns.
  • Tomorrow, some illustrations of modern-age and futuristic industrial glamor, of which happily there is a lot.
  • Eradicating the glamor of smoking has been one of the successes of health advocates.
  • Yet the glamor of narrative and wordplay are incredibly powerful tools can blind us to their drawbacks.
  • It's certainly far from the perceived glamor and danger of eyeball-to-eyeball brinkmanship between great powers.
  • Within the overall innovation system, the glamor part is the startups.
  • Aside from the glitz and glamor, there's a reason so many people visit this city or move here to be part of the action.
  • Be sure to carefully support your fish while posing for that glamor shot.
British Dictionary definitions for glamor

glamour

/ˈɡlæmə/
noun
1.
charm and allure; fascination
2.
  1. fascinating or voluptuous beauty, often dependent on artifice
  2. (as modifier) a glamour girl
3.
(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.

glamour

n.

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.

v.

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

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