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Etymology

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Borrowed from Scots glamour (magic), alteration of Middle English gramere (grammar), from Old French gramaire. Doublet of glamoury, gramarye, grammar, and grimoire.

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glamour (countable and uncountable, plural glamours)

  1. (uncountable) Originally, enchantment; magic charm; especially, the effect of a spell that causes one to see objects in a form that differs from reality, typically to make filthy, ugly, or repulsive things seem beauteous.
    • 1882, James Thomson (B. V.), The City of Dreadful Night:
      They often murmur to themselves, they speak
      To one another seldom, for their woe
      Broods maddening inwardly and scorns to wreak
      Itself abroad; and if at whiles it grow
      To frenzy which must rave, none heeds the clamour,
      Unless there waits some victim of like glamour,
      To rave in turn, who lends attentive show.
  2. (uncountable) Alluring beauty or charm (often with sex appeal).
    glamour magazines; a glamour model
  3. (uncountable) Any excitement, appeal, or attractiveness associated with a person, place, or thing; that which makes something appealing.
    The idea of being a movie star has lost its glamour for me.
    • 1899 February, Joseph Conrad, “The Heart of Darkness”, in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, volume CLXV, number M, New York, N.Y.: The Leonard Scott Publishing Company, [], →OCLC, part I, page 197:
      “The North Pole was one of these places, I remember. Well, I haven’t been there yet, and shall not try now. The glamour’s off.”
    • 1950 May 7, The Daily Telegraph, Sydney, page 13, column 3:
      Boys have not lost their love for adventure, and still have `itchy feet.' Many are seeking glamor jobs, want to be writers, detectives, seamen.
  4. Any artificial interest in, or association with, objects, or persons, through which they appear delusively magnified or glorified.
  5. A kind of haze in the air, causing things to appear different from what they really are.[1]
    • 1861 October, “The Nelumbium Luteum, or Yellow Egyptian Lotus.”, in Thomas Meehan, editor, The Gardner’s Monthly and Advertiser Horticultural, volume III, number 10, 23 North Sixth Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, page 311:
      When the golden October comes, with its witching of hazy air that makes a glamour for all things and any landscape, we shall see these offspring of poetic myth stretch out beside the creeks, breaking the tender hulls for their magical chincapins, and feeding on them and on the dreams of which they are the talismans.
  6. (countable) An item, motif, person, image that by association improves appearance.

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  • glamor (US); however, the -our spelling is the more common spelling, even in the US

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Verb

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glamour (third-person singular simple present glamours, present participle glamouring, simple past and past participle glamoured)

  1. (transitive) To enchant; to bewitch.

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  1. ^ Postrel, Virginia (2013 November 5) “One: The Magic of Glamour”, in The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion, Simon & Schuster, →ISBN:Reflecting this sense of the word, by 1902 Webster's included two new definitions: “a kind of haze in the air, causing things to appear different from what they really are”…

Danish

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Etymology

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From English glamour.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ɡlamuːr/, [ɡ̊laˈmuːɐ̯] or IPA(key): /ɡlamɔr/, [ˈɡ̊lamɒ]

Noun

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glamour c (singular definite glamouren, not used in plural form)

  1. glamour

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Finnish

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Etymology

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From French glamour.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɡlɑmour/, [ˈɡlɑ̝mo̞ur]
  • Rhymes: -ɑmour
  • Syllabification(key): gla‧mo‧ur

Noun

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glamour

  1. glamour (charm)

Declension

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Inflection of glamour (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
nominative glamour glamourit
genitive glamourin glamourien
partitive glamouria glamoureja
illative glamouriin glamoureihin
singular plural
nominative glamour glamourit
accusative nom. glamour glamourit
gen. glamourin
genitive glamourin glamourien
partitive glamouria glamoureja
inessive glamourissa glamoureissa
elative glamourista glamoureista
illative glamouriin glamoureihin
adessive glamourilla glamoureilla
ablative glamourilta glamoureilta
allative glamourille glamoureille
essive glamourina glamoureina
translative glamouriksi glamoureiksi
abessive glamouritta glamoureitta
instructive glamourein
comitative See the possessive forms below.
Possessive forms of glamour (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
first-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative glamourini glamourini
accusative nom. glamourini glamourini
gen. glamourini
genitive glamourini glamourieni
partitive glamouriani glamourejani
inessive glamourissani glamoureissani
elative glamouristani glamoureistani
illative glamouriini glamoureihini
adessive glamourillani glamoureillani
ablative glamouriltani glamoureiltani
allative glamourilleni glamoureilleni
essive glamourinani glamoureinani
translative glamourikseni glamoureikseni
abessive glamourittani glamoureittani
instructive
comitative glamoureineni
second-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative glamourisi glamourisi
accusative nom. glamourisi glamourisi
gen. glamourisi
genitive glamourisi glamouriesi
partitive glamouriasi glamourejasi
inessive glamourissasi glamoureissasi
elative glamouristasi glamoureistasi
illative glamouriisi glamoureihisi
adessive glamourillasi glamoureillasi
ablative glamouriltasi glamoureiltasi
allative glamourillesi glamoureillesi
essive glamourinasi glamoureinasi
translative glamouriksesi glamoureiksesi
abessive glamourittasi glamoureittasi
instructive
comitative glamoureinesi
first-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative glamourimme glamourimme
accusative nom. glamourimme glamourimme
gen. glamourimme
genitive glamourimme glamouriemme
partitive glamouriamme glamourejamme
inessive glamourissamme glamoureissamme
elative glamouristamme glamoureistamme
illative glamouriimme glamoureihimme
adessive glamourillamme glamoureillamme
ablative glamouriltamme glamoureiltamme
allative glamourillemme glamoureillemme
essive glamourinamme glamoureinamme
translative glamouriksemme glamoureiksemme
abessive glamourittamme glamoureittamme
instructive
comitative glamoureinemme
second-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative glamourinne glamourinne
accusative nom. glamourinne glamourinne
gen. glamourinne
genitive glamourinne glamourienne
partitive glamourianne glamourejanne
inessive glamourissanne glamoureissanne
elative glamouristanne glamoureistanne
illative glamouriinne glamoureihinne
adessive glamourillanne glamoureillanne
ablative glamouriltanne glamoureiltanne
allative glamourillenne glamoureillenne
essive glamourinanne glamoureinanne
translative glamouriksenne glamoureiksenne
abessive glamourittanne glamoureittanne
instructive
comitative glamoureinenne
third-person possessor
singular plural
nominative glamourinsa glamourinsa
accusative nom. glamourinsa glamourinsa
gen. glamourinsa
genitive glamourinsa glamouriensa
partitive glamouriaan
glamouriansa
glamourejaan
glamourejansa
inessive glamourissaan
glamourissansa
glamoureissaan
glamoureissansa
elative glamouristaan
glamouristansa
glamoureistaan
glamoureistansa
illative glamouriinsa glamoureihinsa
adessive glamourillaan
glamourillansa
glamoureillaan
glamoureillansa
ablative glamouriltaan
glamouriltansa
glamoureiltaan
glamoureiltansa
allative glamourilleen
glamourillensa
glamoureilleen
glamoureillensa
essive glamourinaan
glamourinansa
glamoureinaan
glamoureinansa
translative glamourikseen
glamouriksensa
glamoureikseen
glamoureiksensa
abessive glamourittaan
glamourittansa
glamoureittaan
glamoureittansa
instructive
comitative glamoureineen
glamoureinensa

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French

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glamour m (uncountable)

  1. glamour

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glamour (invariable)

  1. glamorous

Norwegian Bokmål

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Etymology

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From English glamour.

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glamour m (definite singular glamouren)

  1. glamour
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Norwegian Nynorsk

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Etymology

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From English glamour.

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glamour m (definite singular glamouren)

  1. glamour
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Portuguese

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Etymology

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Unadapted borrowing from English glamour.

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glamour m (uncountable)

  1. glamour
    Synonyms: charme, encanto

Spanish

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Etymology

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Unadapted borrowing from English glamour.

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glamour m (uncountable)

  1. Alternative spelling of glamur

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According to Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) prescriptions, unadapted foreign words should be written in italics in a text printed in roman type, and vice versa, and in quotation marks in a manuscript text or when italics are not available. In practice, this RAE prescription is not always followed.

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Swedish

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Noun

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glamour c (definite singular glamouren) (uncountable)

  1. glamour