Definition of glamour in English:

glamour

(also glamor)

noun

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

    ‘the glamour of Monte Carlo’
    as modifier ‘the glamour days of Old Hollywood’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then after a fabulous night of glitz and glamour, it would be time to ‘turn back into a pumpkin again’.’
    • ‘Middle ways can be reasonable and serious proposals to reform polarized debates, but they also can lack glamour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Popular and not so popular celebrities have been drafted in to add some showbiz glamour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The glitz, glamour and sheer size of the big screen took the breath away.’
    • ‘There's so much excitement, and glitz, and glamour here.’
    • ‘It's time again for the glitz and glamour of the Academy Awards.’
    • ‘There's not a repairman in sight, because plugging all those little money holes brings little glamour to politicians.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, the show wasn't all glitz and glamour.’
    • ‘You know, despite all of modern medicine's glitz and glamour, sometimes the old fashioned remedies work the best.’
    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.
      ‘George had none of his brother's glamour’
      • ‘Alas, he remained unimpressed by glamour and beauty.’
      • ‘There was so much of glamour, beauty and seduction in that dressing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Venus in Taurus lends glamour and a fierce ability to enjoy life to the hilt.’
      • ‘Oriental prints were used on dresses reinforcing the Geisha girl theme while lurex and sequin dresses offered glamour for the evening.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The show travels to nearly 200 cities around the world annually with the beauty, elegance, glamour and energy of a Broadway show.’
      • ‘You are likely to surprise people with your glamour, beauty and change of image with new styles and wardrobe.’
      • ‘She had beauty, glamour, and a knockout set of legs (or ‘gams,’ in the lingo of that time).’
      • ‘I think they definitely loved the beauty and the glamour and the clothes and the sets.’
      • ‘Hurrell helped established the identity of many actresses and actors and created an iconography of steamy sexuality with dreamy glamour.’
      • ‘I did not want to be just the glamour quotient in the show.’
      • ‘From London to Hollywood, this exhibition explores to just what extent his photographs have influenced our insatiable attitudes towards fashion, beauty and glamour.’
      • ‘Her glamour and sex appeal come from another era, one when stars like Rita Hayworth danced across the screen.’
      • ‘Bette Davis, although possessing moments of glamour and great beauty, played roles that required sensible shoes.’
      • ‘It's a formula centred around an almost predatory, sexually-confident brand of glamour.’
      • ‘This fall is all about vintage styles, retro glamour, and sporty chic.’
      • ‘What happens when a Hollywood sex symbol, a glamour queen or a knockout girl next door gets older.’
      beauty, allure, attractiveness, elegance, chic, style
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    2. 1.2archaic 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

/ˈɡlæmər//ˈɡlamər/