What does charm mean?

Definitions for charm

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word charm.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. appeal, appealingness, charmnoun

    attractiveness that interests or pleases or stimulates

    "his smile was part of his appeal to her"

  2. spell, magic spell, magical spell, charmnoun

    a verbal formula believed to have magical force

    "he whispered a spell as he moved his hands"; "inscribed around its base is a charm in Balinese"

  3. charm, good luck charmnoun

    something believed to bring good luck

  4. charmverb

    (physics) one of the six flavors of quark

  5. capture, enamour, trance, catch, becharm, enamor, captivate, beguile, charm, fascinate, bewitch, entrance, enchantverb

    attract; cause to be enamored

    "She captured all the men's hearts"

  6. charm, becharmverb

    control by magic spells, as by practicing witchcraft

  7. charmverb

    protect through supernatural powers or charms

  8. charm, influence, temptverb

    induce into action by using one's charm

    "She charmed him into giving her all his money"


  1. Charmnoun

    (Physics) a property of certain quarks which may take the value of +1, -1 or 0.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CHARMnoun

    Etymology: charme, Fr. carmen, Latin.

    I never knew a woman so dote upon a man; surely I think you have charms. ———— Not I, I assure thee; setting the attraction of my good parts aside, I have no other charms. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    There have been ever used, either barbarous words, of no sense, lest they should disturb the imagination, or words of similitude, that may second and feed the imagination: and this was over as well in heathen charms, as in charms of later times. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 948.

    Alcyone he names amidst his pray’rs,
    Names as a charm against the waves and wind,
    Most in his mouth, and ever in his mind. Dryden.

    Antæus could, by magick charms,
    Recover strength, whene’er he fell. Jonathan Swift.

    Well sounding verses are the charm we use,
    Heroick thoughts and virtue to infuse. Wentworth Dillon.

    But what avail her unexhausted stores,
    Her blooming mountains and her sunny shores,
    With all the gifts that heaven and earth impart,
    The smiles of nature, and the charms of art,
    While proud oppression in her vallies reigns,
    And tyranny usurps her happy plains? Addison.

  2. To Charmverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Let fall thy blade on vulnerable crests,
    I bear a charmed life, which must not yield
    To one of woman born. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Arcadia was the charmed circle, where all his spirits for ever should be enchanted. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    I, in mine own woe charm’d,
    Could not find death, where I did hear him groan;
    Nor feel him where he struck. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    ’Tis your graces
    That from my mutest conscience to my tongue,
    Charms this report out. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    Amoret! my lovely foe,
    Tell me where thy strength does lie:
    Where the pow’r that charms us so,
    In thy soul, or in thy eye? Edmund Waller.


  1. charm

    Charm is a quality or feature that attracts, pleases, or delights, often eliciting feelings of affection or admiration. It can also refer to an ability to persuade, influence, or evoke a positive response. In certain contexts, charm can specifically denote a small ornament worn on a necklace or bracelet, or refer to an incantation or spell in folklore and mythology.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Charmnoun

    a melody; a song

  2. Charmnoun

    a word or combination of words sung or spoken in the practice of magic; a magical combination of words, characters, etc.; an incantation

  3. Charmnoun

    that which exerts an irresistible power to please and attract; that which fascinates; any alluring quality

  4. Charmnoun

    anything worn for its supposed efficacy to the wearer in averting ill or securing good fortune

  5. Charmnoun

    any small decorative object worn on the person, as a seal, a key, a silver whistle, or the like. Bunches of charms are often worn at the watch chain

  6. Charmnoun

    to make music upon; to tune

  7. Charmnoun

    to subdue, control, or summon by incantation or supernatural influence; to affect by magic

  8. Charmnoun

    to subdue or overcome by some secret power, or by that which gives pleasure; to allay; to soothe

  9. Charmnoun

    to attract irresistibly; to delight exceedingly; to enchant; to fascinate

  10. Charmnoun

    to protect with, or make invulnerable by, spells, charms, or supernatural influences; as, a charmed life

  11. Charmverb

    to use magic arts or occult power; to make use of charms

  12. Charmverb

    to act as, or produce the effect of, a charm; to please greatly; to be fascinating

  13. Charmverb

    to make a musical sound

  14. Etymology: [F. charme, fr. L. carmen song, verse, incantation, for casmen, akin to Skr. asman, as, a laudatory song, from a root signifying to praise, to sing.]


  1. Charm

    Charm is the critically acclaimed third studio album from American rapper/record producer Danny! and the first of his records to be released commercially. As evidenced in the title, Charm was a huge milestone in Danny!'s career; after two unsuccessful attempts to make a name for himself in the music world, the record unanimously won rave reviews, culminating in the inclusion of the album on the 49th Annual Grammy Awards short list and, eventually, a record deal with Definitive Jux Records. Widely regarded as one of the strongest entries in his discography, Charm helped Danny! achieve a moderate buzz in the underground hip-hop community and become South Carolina's most heralded hip-hop artist to date. The song "Cafe Surreal" from this album would go on to become a signature tune in commercial bumpers for the MTV early morning video countdown program aMTV, being played since its pilot in early 2009, and was also featured in a 2013 ad campaign for Crown Royal.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Charm

    chärm, n. a spell: something thought to possess occult power, a metrical form of words: attractiveness: a trinket worn on a watch-guard: the blended singing of birds, children, &c.: (pl.) female beauty or other personal attractions: that which can please irresistibly.—v.t. to influence by a charm: to subdue by secret influence: to enchant: to delight, to allure.—adj. Charmed, protected, as by a special charm.—n. Charm′er.—adj. Charm′ful, abounding with charms.—p.adj. Charm′ing, highly pleasing: delightful: fascinating.—adv. Charm′ingly.—adj. Charm′less, wanting or destitute of charms. [Fr. charme—L. carmen, a song.]

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  1. charm

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CHARM

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Charm is ranked #145220 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Charm surname appeared 114 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Charm.

    58.7% or 67 total occurrences were White.
    34.2% or 39 total occurrences were Black.
    5.2% or 6 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'charm' in Nouns Frequency: #2277

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of charm in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of charm in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of charm in a Sentence

  1. Henri Frdric Amiel:

    Charm is the quality in others that makes us more satisfied with ourselves.

  2. Lisa Pacheco:

    Third time's a charm.

  3. Henry van Dyke:

    There is no personal charm so great as the charm of a cheerful temperament.

  4. John Fitzgerald Kennedy:

    Washington D.C. is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.

  5. Francesca Knittel-Bowyer:

    Luise Rainer was bigger than life and can charm the birds out of the trees, if you saw Luise Rainer, you'd never forget Luise Rainer.

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Translations for charm

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  • سحرArabic
  • ovsunlamaqAzerbaijani
  • очаровам, чар, омагьосвам, амулет, талисман, обаяниеBulgarian
  • amulet, encantCatalan, Valencian
  • půvabCzech
  • charmere, charme, charmDanish
  • Zauber, CharmeGerman
  • ψευτοστολίδι, φυλαχτό, γοητείαGreek
  • ĉarmo, sorĉiEsperanto
  • encantar, amuleto, encanto, hechizarSpanish
  • افسونPersian
  • lumous, tenho, viehätysvoima, taika, lumoFinnish
  • breloque, fétiche, charmeFrench
  • חןHebrew
  • आकर्षणHindi
  • varázslat, amulett, talizmánHungarian
  • թովչանք, հմայել, թովք, հմայքArmenian
  • incantesimo, malia, fascino, attrattiva, ciondolo, incanto, amuleto, talismanoItalian
  • チャーム, シャルム, お守り, 魅力Japanese
  • ئه‌فسوون کردنKurdish
  • fascinoLatin
  • ātahu, taupatiti, tāhokaMāori
  • betovering, bezwering, bedeltje, bezweren, beheksen, ban, charme, betoverenDutch
  • sjarmNorwegian
  • zaczarować, zaklęcie, talizman, oczarować, urokPolish
  • charme, fetiche, feitiçoPortuguese
  • amuletă, talisman, șarm, grație, încânta, fermeca, vrăji, farmec, breloc, fascina, descântaRomanian
  • околдовать, зачаровывать, амулет, обаяние, очаровывать, очаровать, чары, очарование, зачаровать, талисман, оберег, шарм, околдовыватьRussian
  • amulett, charm, berlockSwedish
  • anting-anting, alindogTagalog
  • büyülemekTurkish
  • bemagivönVolapük
  • 魅力Chinese

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a custom among some peoples whereby the husband of a pregnant wife is put to bed at the time of bearing the child
  • A. profaneness
  • B. auspices
  • C. couvade
  • D. swathing

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