- The definition of charm is something thought to have magic power, piece of jewelry or a person or thing that attracts others.
- An example of a charm is a rabbit's foot keychain.
- An example of a charm is a small silver butterfly pendant worn with other pendants on a bracelet.
- An example of a charm is someone with a beautiful and welcoming smile.
An example of a charm would be these colorful rabbit's feet.
- a chanted word, phrase, or verse assumed to have magic power to help or hurt; incantation
- the chanting of such a word, phrase, or verse
- any object assumed to have such power, as an amulet or talisman
- any trinket worn as a decoration on a bracelet, necklace, watch chain, etc.
- any action or gesture assumed to have magic power
- a quality or feature in someone or something that attracts or delights people
- Particle Physics an individuating property of quarks and other elementary particles: it is expressed as a quantum number, with +1 used of a particle that has charm () and 0 used of one that does not
Origin of charmMiddle English charme ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin carmen, song, verse, charm ; from an unverified form canmen ; from canere, to sing: see chant
- to act on as though by magic; seemingly cast a spell on
- to protect from harm as though by magic
- to attract or please greatly; enchant; allure; fascinate; delight
- to practice magic
- to be charming; please greatly
- a. The power or quality of pleasing or delighting; appeal: an old house with a lot of charm.b. A quality that pleases or attracts; a delightful characteristic: A mischievous grin was among the child's many charms.
- A small ornament, such as one worn on a bracelet.
- a. An item worn for its supposed magical benefit, as in warding off evil; an amulet.b. An action or formula thought to have magical power.
- Physics a. A quantum property of subatomic particles that is conserved in electromagnetic and strong interactions but may not be conserved in weak interactions that cause the decay of particles containing charm quarks.b. The quantum number that represents the charm property, equal to the difference between the number of charm quarks and the number of charm antiquarks.
verbcharmed, charm·ing, charms
- To delight or fascinate: the simple elegance of the meal charmed the guests.
- To induce by means of strong personal attractiveness: charmed the guard into admitting them without invitations.
- To cast or seem to cast a spell on; bewitch.
- To be alluring or pleasing.
- To function as an amulet or charm.
- To use magic spells.
Origin of charmMiddle English charme, magic spell, from Old French, from Latin carmen, incantation; see kan- in Indo-European roots.
- An object, act or words believed to have magic power.
- a charm against evil
- It works like a charm.
- The ability to persuade, delight or arouse admiration; often constructed in the plural.
- He had great personal charm.
- She tried to win him over with her charms.
- (physics) A quantum number of hadrons determined by the quantity of charm quarks & antiquarks.
- A small trinket on a bracelet or chain, etc., traditionally supposed to confer luck upon the wearer.
- She wears a charm bracelet on her wrist.
(third-person singular simple present charms, present participle charming, simple past and past participle charmed)
- To seduce, persuade or fascinate someone or something.
- John Milton
- They, on their mirth and dance / Intent, with jocund music charm his ear.
- 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, The Celebrity:
- The Celebrity, by arts unknown, induced Mrs. Judge Short and two other ladies to call at Mohair on an afternoon when Mr. Cooke was trying a trotter on the track. The three returned wondering and charmed with Mrs. Cooke; they were sure she had had no hand in the furnishing of that atrocious house.
- He charmed her with his dashing tales of his days as a sailor.
- John Milton
- To use a magical charm upon; to subdue, control, or summon by incantation or supernatural influence.
- After winning three games while wearing the chain, Dan began to think it had been charmed.
- To protect with, or make invulnerable by, spells, charms, or supernatural influences.
- She led a charmed life.
- To subdue or overcome by some secret power, or by that which gives pleasure; to allay; to soothe.
Variant of chirm, perhaps after Etymology 1, above.