from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The power or quality of pleasing or delighting; attractiveness: a breezy tropical setting of great charm.
- n. A particular quality that attracts; a delightful characteristic: A mischievous grin was among the child's many charms.
- n. A small ornament, such as one worn on a bracelet.
- n. An item worn for its supposed magical benefit, as in warding off evil; an amulet.
- n. An action or formula thought to have magical power.
- n. The chanting of a magic word or verse; incantation.
- n. Physics A quantum property of the charm quark whose conservation explains the absence of certain strange-particle decay modes and that accounts for the longevity of the J particle.
- transitive v. To attract or delight greatly: the simple elegance of the meal charmed the guests.
- transitive v. To induce by using strong personal attractiveness: charmed the guard into admitting them without invitations.
- transitive v. To cast or seem to cast a spell on; bewitch.
- intransitive v. To be alluring or pleasing.
- intransitive v. To function as an amulet or charm.
- intransitive v. To use magic spells.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An object, act or words believed to have magic power.
- n. The ability to persuade, delight or arouse admiration; often constructed in the plural.
- n. A quantum number of hadrons determined by the quantity of charm quarks & antiquarks.
- n. A small trinket on a bracelet or chain, etc.
- v. To seduce, persuade or fascinate someone or something.
- v. To use a magical charm upon someone/something.
- n. The mixed sound of many voices, especially of birds or children.
- n. A flock, group (especially of finches).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A melody; a song.
- n. A word or combination of words sung or spoken in the practice of magic; a magical combination of words, characters, etc.; an incantation.
- n. That which exerts an irresistible power to please and attract; that which fascinates; any alluring quality.
- n. Anything worn for its supposed efficacy to the wearer in averting ill or securing good fortune.
- n. Any small decorative object worn on the person, as a seal, a key, a silver whistle, or the like. Bunches of charms are often worn at the watch chain.
- n. a property of certain quarks which may take the value of +1, -1 or 0.
- transitive v. To make music upon; to tune.
- transitive v. To subdue, control, or summon by incantation or supernatural influence; to affect by magic.
- transitive v. To subdue or overcome by some secret power, or by that which gives pleasure; to allay; to soothe.
- transitive v. To attract irresistibly; to delight exceedingly; to enchant; to fascinate.
- transitive v. To protect with, or make invulnerable by, spells, charms, or supernatural influences.
- intransitive v. To use magic arts or occult power; to make use of charms.
- intransitive v. To act as, or produce the effect of, a charm; to please greatly; to be fascinating.
- intransitive v. To make a musical sound.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A melody; a song.
- n. Anything believed to possess some occult or supernatural power, such as an amulet, a spell, or some mystic observance or act.
- n. Hence A trinket, such as a locket, seal, etc., worn especially on a watch-guard.
- n. An irresistible power to please and attract, or something which possesses this power; fascination; allurement; attraction.
- n. Synonyms Spell, enchantment, witchery, magic.
- To subdue, control, or bind, as if by incantation or magical influence; soothe, allay, or appease.
- To fortify or make invulnerable with charms.
- To give exquisite pleasure to; fascinate; enchant.
- To affect by or as if by magic or supernatural influences: as, to charm a serpent out of his hole or into a stupor; to charm away one's grief; to charm the wind into silence.
- To play upon; produce musical sounds from.
- = Syn. 1, 2, and Fascinate, etc. (see enchant), delight, transport, bewitch, ravish, enrapture, captivate.
- To produce the effect of a charm; work with magic power; act as a charm or spell.
- To give delight; be highly pleasing: as, a melody that could charm more than any other.
- To give forth musical sounds.
- n. The confused low murmuring of a flock of birds; chirm.
- n. In hawking, a company: said of goldfinches.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. something believed to bring good luck
- n. a verbal formula believed to have magical force
- v. protect through supernatural powers or charms
- v. induce into action by using one's charm
- v. attract; cause to be enamored
- n. (physics) one of the six flavors of quark
- v. control by magic spells, as by practicing witchcraft
- n. attractiveness that interests or pleases or stimulates
Middle English charme, magic spell, from Old French, from Latin carmen, incantation.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English charme (chant, magic spell)< Old French< Latin carmen (song, incantation) (Wiktionary)
Variant of chirm, perhaps after Etymology 1, above. (Wiktionary)