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An attractive or exciting quality that makes certain people or things seem appealing:the glamour of Monte Carlo Formentera

Beauty or charm that is sexually attractive:pile hair up for evening glamour

Denoting or relating to sexually suggestive or mildly pornographic photography or publications:a glamour model

archaic Enchantment; magic:that maiden, made by glamour out of flowers


A state of great comfort or elegance, especially when involving great expense:he lived a life of luxury [COUNT NOUN] An inessential, desirable item which is expensive or difficult to obtain:luxuries like chocolate, scent, and fizzy wine [IN SINGULAR] A pleasure obtained only rarely:they actually had the luxury of a whole day together ADJECTIVE [ATTRIBUTIVE]

Luxurious or of the nature of a luxury:a luxury yachtluxury goods

Origin Middle English (denoting lechery): from Old French luxurie, luxure, from Latin luxuria, fromluxus ‘excess’. The earliest current sense dates from the mid 17th century.


[MASS NOUN] (Chiefly with reference to people) sexual activity, including specifically sexual intercourse:he enjoyed talking about sexshe didn’t want to have sex with him

[IN SINGULAR] euphemistic A person’s genitals.

Either of the two main categories (male and female) into which humans and most otherliving things are divided on the basis of their reproductive functions:adults of both sexes

[MASS NOUN] The fact of belonging to either the male or female sex:direct discrimination involves treating someone less favourably on the grounds of their sex

The group of all members of either the male or female sex:she was well known for her efforts to improve the social condition of her sex


Late Middle English (denoting the two categories, male and female): from Old French sexe orLatin sexus.