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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
add a touch of glamour/class (to sth)
▪ Champagne always adds a touch of glamour to the occasion.
▪ There are of course differences between the 1930s and late twentieth-century interpretations of the glamour girl.
▪ Whatever you choose it all adds up to luxury glamour, romance, elegance, and Citalia.
▪ But we have organised a massive discount from Lorus Quartz, to add glamour to your night-time fashion.
▪ Actress Marlene Dietrich was once the ultimate symbol of glamour and elegance.
▪ But I still have to applaud this counterattack against tobacco's smoky glamour.
▪ There was a sharp little tongue under all that glamour.
▪ Without glamour, diversity, wit and experiment, disco can deteriorate into the most boring music of all time.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Glamour \Gla"mour\, n. [Scot. glamour, glamer; cf. Icel. gl['a]meggdr one who is troubled with the glaucoma (?); or Icel. gl[=a]m-s[=y]ni weakness of sight, glamour; gl[=a]mr name of the moon, also of a ghost + s[=y]ni sight, akin to E. see. Perh., however, a corruption of E. gramarye.]

  1. A charm affecting the eye, making objects appear different from what they really are.

  2. Witchcraft; magic; a spell.

  3. A kind of haze in the air, causing things to appear different from what they really are.

    The air filled with a strange, pale glamour that seemed to lie over the broad valley.
    --W. Black.

  4. Any artificial interest in, or association with, an object, through which it appears delusively magnified or glorified.

    Glamour gift, Glamour might, the gift or power of producing a glamour. The former is used figuratively, of the gift of fascination peculiar to women.

    It had much of glamour might To make a lady seem a knight.
    --Sir W. Scott.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1720, Scottish, "magic, enchantment" (especially in phrase to cast the glamor), a variant of Scottish gramarye "magic, enchantment, spell," alteration of English grammar (q.v.) with a medieval sense of "any sort of scholarship, especially occult learning," the latter sense attested from c.1500 in English but said to have been more common in Medieval Latin. Popularized by the writings of Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832). Sense of "magical beauty, alluring charm" first recorded 1840. Jamieson's 1825 supplement to his "Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language" has glamour-gift "the power of enchantment; metaph. applied to female fascination." Jamieson's original edition (1808) looks to Old Norse for the source of the word. Zoega's Old Icelandic dictionary has glám-sýni "illusion."


1814, from glamour (n.). Related: Glamoured; glamouring.


n. 1 (context countable English) an item, motif, person, image that by association improves appearance 2 witchcraft; magic charm; a spell affecting the eye, making objects appear different from what they really are. 3 A kind of haze in the air, causing things to appear different from what they really are. 4 Any artificial interest in, or association with, an object, or person, through which it or they appear delusively magnified or glorified. 5 (context uncountable English) Alluring beauty or charm (often with sex appeal) vb. (context transitive English) To enchant; to bewitch.


n. alluring beauty or charm (often with sex-appeal) [syn: glamor]


v. cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something [syn: hex, bewitch, witch, enchant, jinx]


Glamour may refer to:

  • "Glamour", as in the Scots name for a malevolent shapeshifter, as in Stephen King's It.
  • Glamour (presentation), an appearance of enhanced attractiveness
  • Glamour photography, photography that emphasises the allure of the model
  • Glamour (magazine), a magazine for women
  • The Glamour, an album by The Comsat Angels
  • The Glamour, a 1984 novel by the British SF writer Christopher Priest
  • Glamor (comics), a Marvel Comics character
Film and TV
  • Glamour (1931 film), a British film
  • Glamour (1934 film), an American film
  • Glamour (1985 film), a French film
  • Glamour (2000 film), a Hungarian film
  • A source of magic in the Changeling: The Dreaming fictional universe
  • To "glamour", to shapeshift into a different human appearance, as in the TV series Charmed or the film Hellboy II: The Golden Army
  • To "glamour", the ability of a vampire to charm a human into obeying and erasing human memory, as in the TV series True Blood
  • Glamour (album), the sixth album of the Japanese hard rock band Show-Ya
  • Glamour, Dave Davies album
  • Glamour (band), an American girlband who made it to the four-chair challenge in the third season of The X Factor (U.S. TV series)
  • Death by Glamour, a song from the game Undertale
Glamour (2000 film)

Glamour is a 2000 Hungarian film directed by Frigyes Gödrös. It was Hungary's submission to the 73rd Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not accepted as a nominee.

Glamour (magazine)

Glamour is a women's magazine published by Condé Nast Publications. Founded in 1939 and first published in April 1939 in the United States, it was originally called Glamour of Hollywood.

Local editions are now published in numerous countries including the United Kingdom, United States, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Russia, Greece, Poland, South Africa, Brazil, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Netherlands and Mexico. In most cases it is a monthly publication.

Glamour (presentation)
For other meanings, see Glamour (disambiguation). See also Fashion.

Glamour originally was a term applied to a magical-occult spell that was cast on somebody to make them see something the spell-caster wished them to see, when in fact it was not what it seemed to be. In the late 19th century terminology, a non-magical item used to help create a more attractive appearance gradually became known as 'a glamour'. Today, glamour is the impression of attraction or fascination that a particularly luxurious or elegant appearance creates, an impression which is better than the reality. Typically, a person, event, location, technology, or product such as a piece of clothing can be glamorous or add glamour.

Virginia Postrel says that for glamour to be successful nearly always requires sprezzatura - an appearance of effortlessness, and to appear distant - transcending the everyday, to be slightly mysterious and somewhat idealised, but not to the extent it is no longer possible to identify with the person. Glamorous things are neither opaque, hiding all, nor transparent showing everything, but translucent, favourably showing things.

The early Hollywood star system in particular specialised in Hollywood glamour where they systematically glamorised their actors and actresses.

Glamour can be confused with a style, which is adherence to a particular school of fashion, or intrinsic beauty; whereas glamour can be external and deliberate.

Glamour (album)

Glamour is the sixth album of the Japanese hard rock band Show-Ya. The album was released on 24 August 1988. All musical arrangements are by Makoto Matsushita and Show-Ya. The single "Aisazu Ni Irarenai - Still Be Hangin' on" is Show-Ya's version of an unused demo from the recording sessions of Journey's Raised on Radio album. The song is sung both in English and Japanese, with the lyrics translated by Keiko Terada. This album was mixed by Andy Johns in Los Angeles. It reached position No. 16 in the Japanese Oricon chart.

Glamour (1931 film)

Glamour is a 1931 British drama film directed by Seymour Hicks and Harry Hughes and starring Seymour Hicks, Ellaline Terriss and Margot Grahame. A young, ruthless woman falls in love with a rising actor. It was loosely remade for the 1934 American film Glamour.

Glamour (1934 film)

Glamour is a 1934 American Pre-Code drama film directed by William Wyler and starring Paul Lukas, Constance Cummings and Phillip Reed.

Usage examples of "glamour".

Queen of Sheba, Such serious questions bringing, That merry rascal Solomon Would show a sober face: -- And then again Pavlova To set our spirits singing, The snowy-swan bacchante All glamour, glee and grace.

Bedford Row are Hogarthian in type, tall, symmetrical, with the glamour of better days upon them.

His favored glamour is that of an intensely sexual Highland blacksmith with a powerful rippling body, golden skin, long black hair, and dark, mesmerizing eyes Highly intelligent, lethally seductive.

Hollywood, the glamour capital of the world, here is Johnny Whistler and his Movieland Report.

And the Nonmen cast a glamour about Min-Uroikas so that it would remain forever hidden.

Touching these solemn ancientries, and there, The silent River ranging tide-mark high And the callow, grey-faced Hospital, With the strange glimmer and glamour of a dream!

The shards that sparkled in its diamante fur lent it an air of ostentatious glamour.

When her son, who was then a baby, had grown up he received word in some way, not handed down, that his mother was glamoured by faeries, and imprisoned for the time in a house in Glasgow and longing to see him.

It was all very beautiful, but one comes in time to regard mortal glamours rather as the Cathars regarded them, snares of the Devil to hide the blemishes beneath, to make us love a world which will defile and betray us.

With Nick, Liysa had gotten a taste of moviemaking and the glamour of associating with people from Hollywood.

Priscilla Mullens, whom the glamour of unfounded romance and the pen of the poet Longfellow have made one of the best known and best beloved of the Pilgrim band, was either a little older, or younger, than her brother Joseph, it is not certain which.

Rome the holy, which thus strives to make all men pederasts, denies the fact, and will not believe in the effects of the glamour of her own devising.

Not to the rolling hills of Virginia or the space centers of Houston or Canaveral, nor to the glamour of Los Angeles nor the perpetual nightlife of New York, but to a simple two-bedroom condo in northwest San Francisco, proximate not to power brokers and politicos but to panhandlers, prostitutes, tourists, illegal immigrants, and the best Chinese food in North America.

Enderby eyed her bitterly, trying to look like disguised Rosalind in some ridiculous black trendy production of As You Like It, that was to say in peaked corduroy cap and patched boilersuit, but breathing very quintessence of elegance and glamour.

It was perhaps in this glamour, or this feeling of commercial solidarity, that March went to have a look at the Hamburg Bourse, in the beautiful new Rathhaus.