Definition of allure in English:



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

    ‘people for whom gold holds no allure’
    • ‘They enthralled us with their accomplishments, their glamour and their allure.’
    • ‘Few female garments hold as much mystery and allure as the Indian sari.’
    • ‘For the League sides however, the Cup run retains its allure as a route to excitement and glamour.’
    • ‘The allure of French actresses has fascinated generations of movie-goers.’
    • ‘I hope that fleshing out the mystique hasn't detracted at all from its allure.’
    • ‘One man who knows, all too well, Everest's seductive allure is British climber Doug Scott.’
    • ‘Do films have any allure for Barry, who has already shown he can cross media with ease?’
    • ‘The overall atmosphere created by the film is an important part of its allure.’
    • ‘In politics the Communist Party had at last lost its allure following the suppression of the Hungarian Revolution.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Despite its romantic allure, gold has historically been a pretty lousy investment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Historic attractions should not take their tourist allure for granted, however.’
    • ‘In the end, we are all powerless to resist Kidman's allure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The allure of Tinseltown has always been about escapism.’
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  • Powerfully attract or charm; tempt.

    • ‘The label, and subsequently the brand, became known as Blue Nun, featuring a single, alluring nun in a blue habit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This British duo continues to rock with alluring sensitivity and a plenitude of pop sensibility.’
    • ‘The free goodies that come along are even more alluring and tempt children to go in for more and more.’
    • ‘Alaska showed itself to be wild, rugged, unforgiving - yet at the same time alluring and welcoming.’
    • ‘His horse reared and he rode down into the grassland to stop before this most alluring girl.’
    • ‘He never knew the smell of garlic and pepperoni pizza could be so enticing and alluring.’
    • ‘They strike poses, flash winning smiles and try to make themselves look as alluring as possible.’
    • ‘The once pretty and alluring attraction of Little Marlow had been lost.’
    • ‘Tigers are alluring animals and stories about them always have a magnetic appeal.’
    • ‘At first sight, they appear as alluring as a soft-top sports car - glamorous, flash and a little racy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was chestnut-haired, her face bearing some odd and yet alluring familiarity.’
    • ‘One widespread corporate tactic is hiring reps who are undeniably alluring and always charming.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Becky, working as a governess, resorts to her good looks and alluring personality to move up in society.’
    • ‘According to Endi, the choice of gowns is important in enhancing the jewelry to look more alluring.’
    • ‘Minarets, markets and menus are alluring, but no visit to Istanbul would be complete without its mosques.’
    enticing, tempting, attractive, appealing, fetching, inviting, glamorous, captivating, seductive
    enchanting, beguiling, charming, fascinating, intriguing, tantalizing, magnetic
    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
    on fleek
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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).