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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The allure of French actresses has fascinated generations of movie-goers.’
    • ‘Historic attractions should not take their tourist allure for granted, however.’
    • ‘For the League sides however, the Cup run retains its allure as a route to excitement and glamour.’
    • ‘The allure of Tinseltown has always been about escapism.’
    • ‘They enthralled us with their accomplishments, their glamour and their allure.’
    • ‘In politics the Communist Party had at last lost its allure following the suppression of the Hungarian Revolution.’
    • ‘Few female garments hold as much mystery and allure as the Indian sari.’
    • ‘The overall atmosphere created by the film is an important part of its allure.’
    • ‘I hope that fleshing out the mystique hasn't detracted at all from its allure.’
    • ‘In the end, we are all powerless to resist Kidman's allure.’
    • ‘Do films have any allure for Barry, who has already shown he can cross media with ease?’
    • ‘One man who knows, all too well, Everest's seductive allure is British climber Doug Scott.’
    • ‘The fable of King Midas is one of the prettiest admonitions in classical mythology against the dangerous allure of gold.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It seems no one is immune to the shimmering allure of the pop industry these days - not even soccer heroes like Niall Quinn.’
    • ‘Instead, the shadows crept over her, giving her a rather mysterious allure and then soon took off.’
    • ‘Despite its romantic allure, gold has historically been a pretty lousy investment.’
    • ‘That she comes across oblivious to her attraction only fortifies her allure.’
    • ‘Her weight loss may have made her the paparazzi's delight, but in her husband's eyes, she lost all her original allure.’
    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.’
    • ‘Becky, working as a governess, resorts to her good looks and alluring personality to move up in society.’
    • ‘One widespread corporate tactic is hiring reps who are undeniably alluring and always charming.’
    • ‘The label, and subsequently the brand, became known as Blue Nun, featuring a single, alluring nun in a blue habit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But they suspect the lucrative scrap value of the metal frames may have proved alluring to thieves.’
    • ‘At first sight, they appear as alluring as a soft-top sports car - glamorous, flash and a little racy.’
    • ‘Minarets, markets and menus are alluring, but no visit to Istanbul would be complete without its mosques.’
    • ‘Randir thought she looked more alluring in the red gown than he had ever seen her before.’
    • ‘Tigers are alluring animals and stories about them always have a magnetic appeal.’
    • ‘His horse reared and he rode down into the grassland to stop before this most alluring girl.’
    • ‘The free goodies that come along are even more alluring and tempt children to go in for more and more.’
    • ‘The once pretty and alluring attraction of Little Marlow had been lost.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He never knew the smell of garlic and pepperoni pizza could be so enticing and alluring.’
    • ‘She answered him, her husky voice alluring him to her as they crashed through the pit.’
    • ‘They strike poses, flash winning smiles and try to make themselves look as alluring as possible.’
    • ‘Alaska showed itself to be wild, rugged, unforgiving - yet at the same time alluring and welcoming.’
    • ‘She was chestnut-haired, her face bearing some odd and yet alluring familiarity.’
    • ‘This British duo continues to rock with alluring sensitivity and a plenitude of pop sensibility.’
    enticing, tempting, attractive, appealing, fetching, inviting, glamorous, captivating, seductive
    enchanting, beguiling, charming, fascinating, intriguing, tantalizing, magnetic
    irresistible
    on fleek
    come-hither
    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
    intrigue, fascinate
    give the come-on to
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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/