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Topic: JEWELLERY

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: charme, from Latin carmen 'song', from canere 'to sing'

charm

1 noun
     
charm1
1 [uncountable and countable] a special quality someone or something has that makes people like them, feel attracted to them, or be easily influenced by them - used to show approval [↪ charming]:
Joe's boyish charm
charm of
the charm of this small Southern city
She turned on the charm (=used her charm) to all the men.
The room had no windows and all the charm of a prison cell (=used to say that something has no charm).
2DCJ [countable] a very small object worn on a chain or bracelet:
a charm bracelet
a small gold horseshoe worn as a lucky charm
3 [countable] a phrase or action believed to have special magic powers [= spell]
4

work like a charm

to work exactly as you had hoped:
The new sales program has worked like a charm.
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