glamour

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Some say from Scots glamer, supposedly from earlier Scots gramarye (magic, enchantment, spell).

The Scottish term may either be from Ancient Greek γραμμάριον (grammárion, gram), the weight unit of ingredients used to make magic potions, or an alteration of the English word grammar (any sort of scholarship, especially occult learning).

A connection has also been suggested with Old Norse glámr (poet. “moon,” name of a ghost) and glámsýni (glamour, illusion, literally glam-sight). From Grettir's Saga aka Grettis Saga, one of the Sagas of Icelanders, after the hero has been cursed by Glam, aka Glamr:

"...he was become so fearsome a man in the dark, that he durst go nowhither alone after nightfall, for then he seemed to see all kinds of horrors.

And that has fallen since into a proverb, that Glam lends eyes, or gives Glamsight to those who see things nowise as they are."

Glamsight (glámsýni) is also referred to in the Icelandic collection Sturlunga saga.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

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 seems 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 Feb, Joseph Conrad, “The Heart of Darkness”, in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, 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, 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, an object, or person, through which it or they appear delusively magnified or glorified.
  5. A kind of haze in the air, causing things to appear different from what they really are.
    (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  6. (countable) An item, motif, person, image that by association improves appearance.

Alternative formsEdit

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

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TranslationsEdit

VerbEdit

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

  1. (transitive) To enchant; to bewitch.

ReferencesEdit


DanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English glamour.

PronunciationEdit

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

NounEdit

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

  1. glamour

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FinnishEdit

NounEdit

glamour

  1. glamour (charm)

DeclensionEdit

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
instructive glamourein
abessive glamouritta glamoureitta
comitative glamoureineen
Possessive forms of glamour (type risti)
possessor singular plural
1st person glamourini glamourimme
2nd person glamourisi glamourinne
3rd person glamourinsa

FrenchEdit

NounEdit

glamour m (uncountable)

  1. glamour

AdjectiveEdit

glamour (invariable)

  1. glamorous

Norwegian BokmålEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English glamour

NounEdit

glamour m (definite singular glamouren)

  1. glamour

Related termsEdit

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Norwegian NynorskEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English glamour

NounEdit

glamour m (definite singular glamouren)

  1. glamour

Related termsEdit

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SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English glamour.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɡlaˈmuɾ/, [ɡlaˈmuɾ]

NounEdit

glamour m (uncountable)

  1. Alternative spelling of glamur

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SwedishEdit

NounEdit

glamour c (definite singular glamouren) (uncountable)

  1. glamour