- The elusive and sexy quality of a supermodel that makes everyone want to look at her is an example of glamour.
- The aura of excitement around a big, bustling city is an example of the glamour of the city.
- Archaic a magic spell or charm
- seemingly mysterious and elusive fascination or allure; bewitching charm
- elegance, luxury, high fashion, etc. or their aura around a person, situation, etc.
Origin of glamourScottish variant, variety of grammar (with sense of gramarye), popularized by Sir Walter Scott; origin, originally especially in cast the glamour, to cast an enchantment
- Exciting or mysterious attractiveness usually associated with striking physical beauty, luxury, or celebrity.
- Archaic Magic cast by a spell; enchantment.
Origin of glamourScots magic spell alteration of grammar ( from the association of learning with magic )
Usage Note: Many words, such as honor, vapor, and labor, are usually spelled with an -or ending in American English but with an -our ending in British English. The preferred spelling of glamour, however, is -our, making it an exception to the usual American practice. The adjective is more often spelled glamorous in both American and British usage.
(countable and uncountable, plural glamours)
- (countable) an item, motif, person, image that by association improves appearance
- Witchcraft; magic charm; a spell affecting the eye, making objects appear different from what they really are.
- A kind of haze in the air, causing things to appear different from what they really are.
- Any artificial interest in, or association with, an object, or person, through which it or they appear delusively magnified or glorified.
- (uncountable) Alluring beauty or charm (often with sex appeal)
(third-person singular simple present glamours, present participle glamouring, simple past and past participle glamoured)
The Scottish term may either be from Ancient Greek γραμμάριον (grammárion, “gram”), the weight unit of ingredients used to make magic potions, or an alteration of the English word grammar (“any sort of scholarship, especially occult learning”).
A connection has also been suggested with Old Norse glámr (poet. “moon,” name of a ghost) and glámsýni (“glamour, illusion”, literally “glam-sight”).