glamour


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.]
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   1. A charm affecting the eye, making objects appear different
      from what they really are.
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   2. Witchcraft; magic; a spell. --Tennyson.
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   3. A kind of haze in the air, causing things to appear
      different from what they really are.
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            The air filled with a strange, pale glamour that
            seemed to lie over the broad valley.  --W. Black.
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   4. Any artificial interest in, or association with, an
      object, through which it appears delusively magnified or
      glorified.
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   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.
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            It had much of glamour might
            To make a lady seem a knight.         --Sir W.
                                                  Scott.
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