(Charm) n. [F. charme, fr. L. carmen song, verse, incantation, for casmen, akin to Skr. çasman,
çasa, a laudatory song, from a root signifying to praise, to sing.]
1. A melody; a song. [Obs.]
With charm of earliest birds.
Free liberty to chant our charms at will.
2. A word or combination of words sung or spoken in the practice of magic; a magical combination of
words, characters, etc.; an incantation.
My high charms work.
3. That which exerts an irresistible power to please and attract; that which fascinates; any alluring quality.
Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.
The charm of beauty's powerful glance.
4. Anything worn for its supposed efficacy to the wearer in averting ill or securing good fortune.
5. 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.
Syn. - Spell; incantation; conjuration; enchantment; fascination; attraction.
(Charm), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Charmed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Charming.] [Cf. F. charmer. See
1. To make music upon; to tune. [Obs. & R.]
Here we our slender pipes may safely charm.
2. To subdue, control, or summon by incantation or supernatural influence; to affect by magic.
No witchcraft charm thee!
3. To subdue or overcome by some secret power, or by that which gives pleasure; to allay; to soothe.
Music the fiercest grief can charm.