Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An air of compelling charm, romance, and excitement, especially when delusively alluring.
  • n. Archaic A magic spell; enchantment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an item, motif, person, image that by association improves appearance
  • n. Witchcraft; magic charm; a spell affecting the eye, making objects appear different from what they really are.
  • n. A kind of haze in the air, causing things to appear different from what they really are.
  • n. Any artificial interest in, or association with, an object, or person, through which it or they appear delusively magnified or glorified.
  • n. Alluring beauty or charm (often with sex-appeal)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A charm affecting the eye, making objects appear different from what they really are.
  • n. Witchcraft; magic; a spell.
  • n. A kind of haze in the air, causing things to appear different from what they really are.
  • n. Any artificial interest in, or association with, an object, through which it appears delusively magnified or glorified.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Enchantment; a supposed influence of a charm on the eye, causing it to see objects under an unreal semblance; hence, anything that obscures or deceives vision, physical or mental; fascination; charm; witchery. Compare gramary (originally the same word).
  • To charm; bewitch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. alluring beauty or charm (often with sex-appeal)
  • v. cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something

Etymologies

Scots, magic spell, alteration of grammar (from the association of learning with magic).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Scots gramarye ("magic, enchantment, spell"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Even the word glamour has magic roots, as a charm cast to transform appearances.

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  • Berry is a vocal critic of what he calls the glamour of newness, ease, and affluence; and a champion of distraction.

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  • It is what you call a glamour, an interlude of witchcraft.

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  • "That's not work, that's what we call the glamour gig," he laughs of his too-brief time on the set of Hellboy 2.

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  • But the emblem of Indian glamour is in the throes of a comeback, and these women had come to the DLF Emporio mall to attend "sari school."

    Reinvention of the sari brings a comeback on catwalks, at cocktail parties

  • Both book and film stripped the glamour from the mafia and revealed its protagonists for what they were: ruthless, banal, sociopathic thugs far removed from elegant, Godfatherly sophistication and singing in a very different choir from the Sopranos.

    Beauty and the Inferno by Roberto Saviano – Review

  • In the documentary, more glamour is added when the lanky model, Hilary Rhoda of Chevy Chase, Md., wears the precious stone in the new setting.

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  • Ms. Jung is a corporate celebrity in China, where she has been dubbed "glamour queen" by some local media.

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  • The flip side of glamour is horror: the vampire, the con man, the femme fatale, the double agent.

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  • In any case glamour is neither a goal nor a particularly favorable circumstance in most cases, but rather an affliction attached to some good work after the myth-makers and the icon-builders have got hold of it.

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    In his book It, Stephen King uses the word "glamour" in reference to the creature known as "It" or "Pennywise", saying that it means a creature able either truly to change its shape and/or physical appearance at will, or to be seen as different things by different people.

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  • (n.)a physical illusion created by magic

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