From (etyl) charme'' (chant, magic spell), from (etyl) ''carmen (song, incantation)
An object, act or words believed to have magic power.
- a charm against evil
The ability to persuade, delight or arouse admiration; often constructed in the plural.
- It works like a charm .
- He had great personal charm .
* Alexander Pope
- She tried to win him over with her charms .
- Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.
(physics) A quantum number of hadrons]] determined by the quantity of [[charm quark, charm quarks & antiquarks.
A small trinket on a bracelet or chain, etc., traditionally supposed to confer luck upon the wearer.
- the charm of beauty's powerful glance
- She wears a charm bracelet on her wrist.
* (something with magic power ): amulet, incantation, spell, talisman
* (quality of arousing delight or admiration ): appeal, attraction, charisma
* (trinket ): amulet, dangle, ornament
* (quality of arousing delight or admiration ): boredom, dryness
To seduce, persuade or fascinate someone or something.
* (John Milton)
- They, on their mirth and dance / Intent, with jocund music charm his ear.
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To use a magical charm upon; to subdue, control, or summon by incantation or supernatural influence.
* (William Shakespeare)
- No witchcraft charm thee!
To protect with, or make invulnerable by, spells, charms, or supernatural influences.
* (William Shakespeare)
- I, in my own woe charmed , / Could not find death.
(obsolete, rare) To make music upon.
* (Edmund Spenser)
To subdue or overcome by some secret power, or by that which gives pleasure; to allay; to soothe.
* (Alexander Pope)
- Here we our slender pipes may safely charm .
- Music the fiercest grief can charm .
* (seduce, entrance or fascinate ): delight, enchant, entrance, win one over
* (use magic ): bewitch, enchant, ensorcel, enspell
Variant of (chirm), from (etyl) chirme, from (etyl) .
The mixed sound of many voices, especially of birds or children.
* 1667 , John Milton, Paradise Lost , Book IV:
- Sweet is the breath of Morn, her rising sweet, / With charm of earliest Birds
* 1955 , William Golding, The Inheritors , Faber and Faber 2005, p. 152:
- free liberty to chant our charms at will
A flock, group (especially of finches).
- The laughter rose like the charm of starlings.
A West African talisman or charm.
*1982 , (TC Boyle), Water Music , Penguin 2006, p. 12:
*:These saphies were the repositories of fetishes, charms against calamity: a pickled ring finger was considered proof against the bite of the puff adder […].