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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
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  • Yet, for him, these old lands had no spell, no glamour comparable to what he now experienced.

    The Wave Algernon Blackwood
  • But—if indeed, you are dazzled by the glamour of a title—do not be too confident of his fealty.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • Her authority was no longer enhanced by the glamour of wealth and the glamour of learning and the glamour of political prestige.

    The Story of Brussels Ernest Gilliat-Smith
  • There is a mystery at the heart of the book that throws over it the glamour of romance.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • The Marble Tower served its purpose well in those ancient days, over which distance has cast its 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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