- A melody; a song.(Obs)"With charm of earliest birds." [Milton.]"Free liberty to chant our charms at will." [Spenser.]
- 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." [Shak.]
- 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." [Pope.]"The charm of beauty's powerful glance." [Milton.]
- Anything worn for its supposed efficacy to the wearer in averting ill or securing good fortune.
- 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.
- [Physics] a property of certain quarks which may take the value of +1, -1 or 0.synonyms: Spell; incantation; conjuration; enchantment; fascination; attraction.
Etymology: F. charme, fr. L. carmen song, verse, incantation, for casmen, akin to Skr. çasman çasā, a laudatory song, from a root signifying to praise to sing