Definition of glamour in US English:

glamour

(US glamor)

noun

  • 1An attractive or exciting quality that makes certain people or things seem appealing.

    ‘the glamour of Monte Carlo’
    as modifier ‘the glamour days of Old Hollywood’
    • ‘Middle ways can be reasonable and serious proposals to reform polarized debates, but they also can lack glamour.’
    • ‘With the glitz, glamour and sense of history-in-the-making absent, yesterday was simply a rather poor tennis match, which no one much minded who won, least of all the two girls.’
    • ‘ALL too often the glitz and glamour of major building projects overshadow the sweat and toil of the ordinary men and women who worked on them.’
    • ‘The glitz, glamour and sheer size of the big screen took the breath away.’
    • ‘There's not a repairman in sight, because plugging all those little money holes brings little glamour to politicians.’
    • ‘She was glitz, glamour and pizzazz ripped from the headlines.’
    • ‘Ten years of glitz and glamour, honoring the men and women who serve in what many here call a thankless profession.’
    • ‘It's time again for the glitz and glamour of the Academy Awards.’
    • ‘It certainly gives me hope that there is a little romance to be found in the world for us normal people, without all the glitz and glamour of a soap opera.’
    • ‘Our response is automatic because, like the rest of the world's population, we've been conditioned to believe that the television industry is all glitz and glamour.’
    • ‘You know, despite all of modern medicine's glitz and glamour, sometimes the old fashioned remedies work the best.’
    • ‘However, the show wasn't all glitz and glamour.’
    • ‘There's so much excitement, and glitz, and glamour here.’
    • ‘Then after a fabulous night of glitz and glamour, it would be time to ‘turn back into a pumpkin again’.’
    • ‘Popular and not so popular celebrities have been drafted in to add some showbiz glamour.’
    • ‘I am sure the meeting will have all its usual glitz and glamour, as well as plenty of exciting racing, and it could be a big fillip.’
    • ‘The glamour and glitz of the event is keenly awaited - after all it is touted to be the ‘first of its kind,’ in terms of bringing all the stars together on one stage.’
    • ‘This promises to be a night of glamour, glitz and fashion.’
    • ‘The island has long since been a firm favourite of A-list celebrities desperate to escape the glitz and glamour of their showbiz lives.’
    • ‘Yes, I know full well that loads of money in no way guarantees you health or happiness, and I would much rather my ordinary lifestyle compared to the glitz and glamour.’
    allure, attraction, attractiveness, fascination, charm, enchantment, captivation, magic, romance, mystique, exoticism, spell
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    1. 1.1 Beauty or charm that is sexually attractive.
      ‘pile hair up for evening glamour’
      ‘George had none of his brother's glamour’
      • ‘You are likely to surprise people with your glamour, beauty and change of image with new styles and wardrobe.’
      • ‘Her earnestness is seductive, as is her casting of the hero as an empowered young woman, untainted by media-driven ideals of glamour and sexuality.’
      • ‘Alas, he remained unimpressed by glamour and beauty.’
      • ‘What happens when a Hollywood sex symbol, a glamour queen or a knockout girl next door gets older.’
      • ‘There was so much of glamour, beauty and seduction in that dressing.’
      • ‘Oriental prints were used on dresses reinforcing the Geisha girl theme while lurex and sequin dresses offered glamour for the evening.’
      • ‘From London to Hollywood, this exhibition explores to just what extent his photographs have influenced our insatiable attitudes towards fashion, beauty and glamour.’
      • ‘Hurrell helped established the identity of many actresses and actors and created an iconography of steamy sexuality with dreamy glamour.’
      • ‘Venus in Taurus lends glamour and a fierce ability to enjoy life to the hilt.’
      • ‘The show travels to nearly 200 cities around the world annually with the beauty, elegance, glamour and energy of a Broadway show.’
      • ‘Her glamour and sex appeal come from another era, one when stars like Rita Hayworth danced across the screen.’
      • ‘Whereas any black actress who wants to make it in Hollywood has to confront a world where glamour, beauty, sensuality and sexuality, desirability are always encoded as white.’
      • ‘There is no glamour, no sexuality, on display, only the innocent emotions of a young girl in love.’
      • ‘She tries to combat this by living in a world of fantasy, mesmerized by white Hollywood glamour and beauty.’
      • ‘I think they definitely loved the beauty and the glamour and the clothes and the sets.’
      • ‘I did not want to be just the glamour quotient in the show.’
      • ‘This fall is all about vintage styles, retro glamour, and sporty chic.’
      • ‘It's a formula centred around an almost predatory, sexually-confident brand of glamour.’
      • ‘Bette Davis, although possessing moments of glamour and great beauty, played roles that required sensible shoes.’
      • ‘She had beauty, glamour, and a knockout set of legs (or ‘gams,’ in the lingo of that time).’
      beauty, allure, attractiveness, elegance, chic, style
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    2. 1.2British as modifier Denoting or relating to sexually suggestive or mildly pornographic photography or publications.
      ‘a glamour model’
      • ‘Even when one guy did get the girl in the magazine, a successful size eight glamour model, it was not enough.’
      • ‘The other side to Mark's job is the glamour photography, providing pictures of scantily-clad models for a number of men's titles.’
      • ‘Police are investigating whether a robber who slashed a teacher's face with a screwdriver is the same man who attacked a glamour model.’
      • ‘How often is it that the most admirable woman represented in a documentary is a glamour model, especially when she is in the company of ‘average’ women?’
      • ‘The girl was no longer a pin-up, but a glamour model, and so approachable that readers were encouraged to believe they stood a chance with her.’
      • ‘They were bad girls, glamour girls and no-good dames, and they had uniform.’
      • ‘But now the 18-year-old is becoming a sought-after glamour model - and the money is rolling in.’
      • ‘But film appearances and glamour shots do not exhaust the possibilities of image crafting.’
      • ‘To become a top glamour photographer takes time.’
      • ‘The same applies to girls who would prefer to be glamour models.’
      • ‘Today she gets herself on TV and wants to become a glamour model.’
      • ‘They wandered past a beach shop and arrived at the end of their journey: the other side of the mall and a glamour photographer's studio.’
      • ‘Would these ludicrous appointments have anything to do with his former career in the glamour industry?’
      • ‘She had college qualifications in business and accountancy, but worked part-time as a glamour model and air stewardess.’
      • ‘Two glamour models were among the guests and they had one intention and that was to shock.’
      • ‘Originally she worked as a glamour model and starred in porn films - and she hopes eventually to return to the world of topless modelling.’
      • ‘The photograph was of a well-known glamour model, taken and used with her consent.’
      • ‘She is a well-known glamour model who allows her photograph to appear in sex industry advertisements.’
      • ‘The question is, do I ditch my old friends and lifestyle in favour of glamour models and showbiz parties?’
  • 2archaic Enchantment; magic.

    ‘that maiden, made by glamour out of flowers’

Origin

Early 18th century (originally Scots in the sense ‘enchantment, magic’): alteration of grammar. Although grammar itself was not used in this sense, the Latin word grammatica (from which it derives) was often used in the Middle Ages to mean ‘scholarship, learning’, including the occult practices popularly associated with learning.

Pronunciation

glamour

/ˈɡlamər//ˈɡlæmər/