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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There's so much excitement, and glitz, and glamour here.’
    • ‘She was glitz, glamour and pizzazz ripped from the headlines.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, the show wasn't all glitz and glamour.’
    • ‘The island has long since been a firm favourite of A-list celebrities desperate to escape the glitz and glamour of their showbiz lives.’
    • ‘You know, despite all of modern medicine's glitz and glamour, sometimes the old fashioned remedies work the best.’
    • ‘There's not a repairman in sight, because plugging all those little money holes brings little glamour to politicians.’
    • ‘It's time again for the glitz and glamour of the Academy Awards.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then after a fabulous night of glitz and glamour, it would be time to ‘turn back into a pumpkin again’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ten years of glitz and glamour, honoring the men and women who serve in what many here call a thankless profession.’
    • ‘The glitz, glamour and sheer size of the big screen took the breath away.’
    • ‘This promises to be a night of glamour, glitz and fashion.’
    • ‘Middle ways can be reasonable and serious proposals to reform polarized debates, but they also can lack 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’
      • ‘There is no glamour, no sexuality, on display, only the innocent emotions of a young girl in love.’
      • ‘Oriental prints were used on dresses reinforcing the Geisha girl theme while lurex and sequin dresses offered glamour for the evening.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She had beauty, glamour, and a knockout set of legs (or ‘gams,’ in the lingo of that time).’
      • ‘What happens when a Hollywood sex symbol, a glamour queen or a knockout girl next door gets older.’
      • ‘The show travels to nearly 200 cities around the world annually with the beauty, elegance, glamour and energy of a Broadway show.’
      • ‘Bette Davis, although possessing moments of glamour and great beauty, played roles that required sensible shoes.’
      • ‘This fall is all about vintage styles, retro glamour, and sporty chic.’
      • ‘I think they definitely loved the beauty and the glamour and the clothes and the sets.’
      • ‘She tries to combat this by living in a world of fantasy, mesmerized by white Hollywood glamour and beauty.’
      • ‘Her glamour and sex appeal come from another era, one when stars like Rita Hayworth danced across the screen.’
      • ‘From London to Hollywood, this exhibition explores to just what extent his photographs have influenced our insatiable attitudes towards fashion, beauty and glamour.’
      • ‘Alas, he remained unimpressed by glamour and beauty.’
      • ‘Venus in Taurus lends glamour and a fierce ability to enjoy life to the hilt.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You are likely to surprise people with your glamour, beauty and change of image with new styles and wardrobe.’
      • ‘I did not want to be just the glamour quotient in the show.’
      • ‘It's a formula centred around an almost predatory, sexually-confident brand of glamour.’
      • ‘Hurrell helped established the identity of many actresses and actors and created an iconography of steamy sexuality with dreamy glamour.’
      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’
      • ‘But film appearances and glamour shots do not exhaust the possibilities of image crafting.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Two glamour models were among the guests and they had one intention and that was to shock.’
      • ‘To become a top glamour photographer takes time.’
      • ‘The question is, do I ditch my old friends and lifestyle in favour of glamour models and showbiz parties?’
      • ‘Would these ludicrous appointments have anything to do with his former career in the glamour industry?’
      • ‘The other side to Mark's job is the glamour photography, providing pictures of scantily-clad models for a number of men's titles.’
      • ‘But now the 18-year-old is becoming a sought-after glamour model - and the money is rolling in.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even when one guy did get the girl in the magazine, a successful size eight glamour model, it was not enough.’
      • ‘She is a well-known glamour model who allows her photograph to appear in sex industry advertisements.’
      • ‘They were bad girls, glamour girls and no-good dames, and they had uniform.’
      • ‘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 had college qualifications in business and accountancy, but worked part-time as a glamour model and air stewardess.’
      • ‘Police are investigating whether a robber who slashed a teacher's face with a screwdriver is the same man who attacked a glamour model.’
  • 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/