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See also: GLAM and Glam



Clipping of glamour.


  • IPA(key): /ɡlæm/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -æm


glam (uncountable)

  1. Glamour.
  2. (music, fashion) Ellipsis of glam rock; the fashion and culture associated with this genre.
    Synonym: glitter
    • 2016 October 7, Sukhdev Sandhu, “Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy by Simon Reynolds”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Blokes sporting make-up and vertiginous platform boots, songs that were precision-tooled melodramas of bubblegum pop and football-terrace stomp, a belief in pop itself as a liberating space for fantasy and shape-shifting: it’s perhaps unsurprising that glam, in whose rise Bowie played a huge part, has never been taken very seriously.



  1. Glamorous.


glam (third-person singular simple present glams, present participle glamming, simple past and past participle glammed)

  1. To make glamorous or more glamorous.
    • 2017, Bernard MacLaverty, “Chapter 10”, in Midwinter Break, page 204:
      He would become absorbed in what he was doing and forget that they were going out to a reception at the City Hall or somewhere. Stella would appear at the study door all glammed up in her best coat and he would look up from his reading like a startled animal caught drinking at a watering hole.

Usage notes[edit]

Usually used in the phrasal verb glam up.

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glam m (plural glams)

  1. glam