Verb allure Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


allure (third-person singular simple present allures, present participle alluring, simple past and past participle allured)

  1. (transitive) To entice; to attract.

More definition: attract or tempt by something flattering or desirable. fascinate; charm. be attractive or tempting.

4.fascination; charm; appeal.


1.a passageway, as the walk along one side of a cloister.

1. (transitive) to entice or tempt (someone) to a person or place or to a course of action; attract noun

2. attractiveness; appeal, the cottage's allure was its isolation Derived Formsallurement, nounallurer, noun Word OriginC15, from Old French alurer, from lure bait, lureCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
c.1400, from Anglo-French alurer, Old French aleurer "to attract, captivate; train a falcon to hunt," from à "to" (see ad-) + loirre "falconer's lure," from a Frankish word (see lure), perhaps influenced by French allure "gait, way of walking." Related, Allured; alluring. The noun is first attested 1540s; properly this sense is allurement.


My Betsy is fine looking woman, beautiful in my mind and in the eyes of most, but even I have to admit she lacks the room-stopping allure of Martha LeBlanc.

He takes no heed of his rider, pays no attention whether he be on his back or not, walks straight on when once set agoing, merely because he is too stupid to turn aside, and then should some tempting thorn or green branch allure him out of the path, continues to walk on in the new direction simply because he is too dull to turn back into the right road.

Signs were hung out on all sides to allure him; some to catch him by the appetite, as the tavern and victualling cellar; some by the fancy, as the dry goods store and the jeweller's; and others by the hair or the feet or the skirts, as the barber, the shoemaker, or the tailor.

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