Definition of allure in English:

allure

noun

mass noun
  • The quality of being powerfully and mysteriously attractive or fascinating.

    ‘people for whom gold holds no allure’
    • ‘Do films have any allure for Barry, who has already shown he can cross media with ease?’
    • ‘The allure of Tinseltown has always been about escapism.’
    • ‘I hope that fleshing out the mystique hasn't detracted at all from its allure.’
    • ‘There have been blond sex bombs who were aware of their dubious allure and had the good sense to mock it before anyone else did.’
    • ‘In politics the Communist Party had at last lost its allure following the suppression of the Hungarian Revolution.’
    • ‘One man who knows, all too well, Everest's seductive allure is British climber Doug Scott.’
    • ‘Few female garments hold as much mystery and allure as the Indian sari.’
    • ‘Her weight loss may have made her the paparazzi's delight, but in her husband's eyes, she lost all her original allure.’
    • ‘In the end, we are all powerless to resist Kidman's allure.’
    • ‘The overall atmosphere created by the film is an important part of its allure.’
    • ‘The fable of King Midas is one of the prettiest admonitions in classical mythology against the dangerous allure of gold.’
    • ‘For the League sides however, the Cup run retains its allure as a route to excitement and glamour.’
    • ‘That she comes across oblivious to her attraction only fortifies her allure.’
    • ‘Despite its romantic allure, gold has historically been a pretty lousy investment.’
    • ‘They enthralled us with their accomplishments, their glamour and their allure.’
    • ‘Historic attractions should not take their tourist allure for granted, however.’
    • ‘The allure of French actresses has fascinated generations of movie-goers.’
    • ‘Instead, the shadows crept over her, giving her a rather mysterious allure and then soon took off.’
    • ‘It seems no one is immune to the shimmering allure of the pop industry these days - not even soccer heroes like Niall Quinn.’
    • ‘Part of the continuing allure of police action films is the chance to get under the skin of a criminal, to glimpse into an alien world.’
    attraction, lure, draw, pull, appeal, glamour, allurement, enticement, temptation, bewitchment, enchantment, charm, seduction, persuasion, fascination, magnetism
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Powerfully attract or charm; tempt.

    ‘will sponsors really be allured by such opportunities?’
    • ‘According to Endi, the choice of gowns is important in enhancing the jewelry to look more alluring.’
    • ‘He never knew the smell of garlic and pepperoni pizza could be so enticing and alluring.’
    • ‘She was chestnut-haired, her face bearing some odd and yet alluring familiarity.’
    • ‘The label, and subsequently the brand, became known as Blue Nun, featuring a single, alluring nun in a blue habit.’
    • ‘Minarets, markets and menus are alluring, but no visit to Istanbul would be complete without its mosques.’
    • ‘At first sight, they appear as alluring as a soft-top sports car - glamorous, flash and a little racy.’
    • ‘The free goodies that come along are even more alluring and tempt children to go in for more and more.’
    • ‘Tigers are alluring animals and stories about them always have a magnetic appeal.’
    • ‘The once pretty and alluring attraction of Little Marlow had been lost.’
    • ‘But they suspect the lucrative scrap value of the metal frames may have proved alluring to thieves.’
    • ‘His horse reared and he rode down into the grassland to stop before this most alluring girl.’
    • ‘Becky, working as a governess, resorts to her good looks and alluring personality to move up in society.’
    • ‘This British duo continues to rock with alluring sensitivity and a plenitude of pop sensibility.’
    • ‘One widespread corporate tactic is hiring reps who are undeniably alluring and always charming.’
    • ‘Alaska showed itself to be wild, rugged, unforgiving - yet at the same time alluring and welcoming.’
    • ‘This is the perfect time of the year to travel to what has to be one of the world's most exotic and alluring islands.’
    • ‘In his appearance, in his character, in his whole nature, there was something attractive and elusive which allured women and disposed them in his favour; he knew that, and some force seemed to draw him, too, to them.’
    • ‘They strike poses, flash winning smiles and try to make themselves look as alluring as possible.’
    • ‘Randir thought she looked more alluring in the red gown than he had ever seen her before.’
    • ‘She answered him, her husky voice alluring him to her as they crashed through the pit.’
    attract, lure, entice, tempt, appeal to, whet the appetite of, make someone's mouth water, captivate, draw, beguile, bewitch, enchant, win over, charm, seduce, persuade, lead on, tantalize
    enticing, tempting, attractive, appealing, fetching, inviting, glamorous, captivating, seductive
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘tempt, entice’): from Old French aleurier ‘attract’, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to’) + luere ‘a lure’ (originally a falconry term).

Pronunciation

allure

/əˈljɔː//əˈljʊə/