Definition of charm noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tʃɑːm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃɑːrm//
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  1. 1[uncountable] the power of pleasing or attracting people a man of great charm The hotel is full of charm and character.
  2. 2[countable] a feature or quality that is pleasing or attractive her physical charms (= her beauty)
  3. 3 [countable] a small object worn on a chain or bracelet, that is believed to bring good luck a lucky charm a charm bracelet Wordfinderamulet, charm, coincidence, fate, fortune, jinx, luck, mascot, superstition, talisman
  4. 4[countable] an act or words believed to have magic power synonym spell
  5. Word OriginMiddle English (in the senses ‘incantation or magic spell’ and ‘to use spells’): from Old French charme (noun), charmer (verb), from Latin carmen ‘song, verse, incantation’.Extra examples He oozes charm, but I wouldn’t trust him. He was unable to resist her charms. His natural charm and wit made him very popular. I nagged him for a week and used all my feminine charm. Many women had succumbed to his charms. The area is a little run-down, but that’s just part of its charm. The dining room was dark and gloomy, and the food was similarly lacking in charm. The farmhouse had a certain rustic charm about it. The idea of being a farmer had lost its charm for me by this time. The town still retains a lot of its old-world charm. a politician with a folksy charm a woman of considerable charm He was a man of great charm. She was attracted by his good looks and his boyish charm. The route certainly had its charms. Venice—who can resist its charm?Idioms
    third time lucky (US English third time is the charm)
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    used when you have failed to do something twice and hope that you will succeed the third time
    to be immediately and completely successful Those new pills you gave me worked like a charm.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: charm