Glamor or Glamour – What’s the Difference?

Many British English words that end in -our lose the U when they cross the pond into American English, like odour, colour, honour, etc. The word glamour also has an alternative spelling where it drops its U to become glamor.

So, by extension of the same rule, should you use glamour with British audiences and glamor with American audiences? Not so fast—the answer is a bit more complex than that, and it might surprise you.

What is the Difference Between Glamor and Glamour?

In this post, I will compare glamor vs. glamour. I will use each of these words in at least one example sentence, so you can see how they appear in writing.

Plus, I will show you a memory tool that will make choosing either glamor or glamour much easier.

When to Use Glamour

What does glamour mean? Glamour is a noun. It means an exciting and romanticized attractiveness. Red carpet events feature many glamorous guests, for example, and the glamour of a royal wedding is not easily surpassed.

Here are a few more examples,

  • The glitz and glamour of performing on stage led many young people to pursue a life of bohemian theatricality.
  • Glamour is a quality not usually associated with the day-to-day goings-on of the Senate floor.
  • The Ivanka Trump label sold a narrative focused on professional glamour and mothers who have it all — preferably in an Upper East Side co-op. –The Washington Post

The women’s issues publication Glamour takes its name from this word. Glamour also has an outdated use as a spell or enchantment, though most modern speakers do not use the word this way.

How do you spell glamorous? The associated adjective is of glamour is spelled glamorous.

Interestingly, glamour is derived from a Scottish term that was invented to differentiate magic from education. At the time, higher learning was so inaccessible to the general populace that the study of grammar was akin to the study of enchantment, and so the Scots invented the word glamer to separate the two concepts.

When to Use Glamor

define glamour define glamorWhat does glamor mean? Glamor is an alternative spelling of the same word. It is more common in American English than British English, though it is not as popular as glamour in either case.

Here are a few charts that show the relative usage of glamour vs. glamor in both language communities.

American English

glamourize or glamorize

British English

how do you spell glamorous

Glamor is probably derived from an overgeneralization of American English spelling conventions, which often drop the U from words ending in -our in British English, such as humour and labour. It could also stem from a backformation of the dropped U in the adjective from glamorous.

Trick to Remember the Difference

No matter which language community you are a part of, glamour is the standard spelling. While glamor appears sometimes in American English and rarely in British English, both communities prefer glamour.

Since both USA and UK contain the letter U, it is easy to remember to use glamour with both of these audiences.


Is it glamour or glamor? If something is glamorous, it has beauty and charm.

  • Glamour is the standard spelling of the word.
  • Glamor is an alternative, though nonstandard, spelling.

Stick to glamour in your own writing.

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Sep 13, Grand Remembrances

Today is Grandparents Day in the United States. Being a Grand is a special honor. I feel very blessed that my wife and I have two grandchildren. We were able to visit them today. Yes, we are still being cautious with the coronavirus, but we also find it very difficult to not see them when they live so close. So today we did drop by to visit Jacob (age 10) and Sophia (age 7) along with their parents. We brought donuts and caught up with them. Our grandchildren are still pretty young and this is a precious time in their lives – and ours!

I wish I had known my grandparents better. We never lived in the same place. Dad was a career Air Force pilot, so we moved around a lot. But we did get to see them once in a while when they would visit us, or we them.

A Plague of Giants

There are five known magical ‘kennings’ or types: air, water, fire, earth, and plants. Each nation specializes in of these kennings, and the magic influences the society. There’s a big pitfall with this diversity of ability and locale–not everyone gets along.

Enter the Hathrim giants, or ‘lavaborn’ whose kenning is fire. Where they live the trees that fuel their fire are long gone, but the giants are definitely not welcome anywhere else. They’re big, they’re violent, and they’re ruthless. When a volcano erupts and they are forced to evacuate, they take the opportunity to relocate. They don’t care that it’s in a place where they aren’t wanted.

I first read Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid books and loved them (also the quirky The Tales of Pell), so was curious about this new venture, starting with A PLAGUE OF GIANTS. Think Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series. Elemental magic, a variety of races, different lands. And it’s all thrown at you from page one.

But this story is told a little differently. It starts at the end of the war, after a difficult victory, and a bard with earth kenning uses his magic to re-tell the story of the war to a city of refugees. And it’s this movement back and forth in time and between key players in this war that we get a singularly grand view of the war as a whole. Hearne uses this method to great effect.

There are so many interesting characters in this book that I can’t cover them all here. Often in books like this such a large cast of ‘main’ character can make the storytelling suffer, especially since they don’t have a lot of interaction with each other for the first 3/4 of the book–but it doesn’t suffer, thankfully. And the characterization is good enough, despite these short bursts, that by the end we understand these people and care about what happens to them.

If there were a main character it would be Dervan, a historian who is assigned to record (also spy on?) the bard’s stories. He finds himself caught up in machinations he feels unfit to survive. Fintan is the bard from another country, who at first is rather mysterious and his true personality is hidden by the stories he tells; it takes a while to understand him. Gorin Mogen is the leader of the Hathrim giants who decide to find a new land to settle. He’s hard to like, but as far as villains go, you understand his motivations and he can be even a little convincing. There’s Abhi, the son of hunters, who decides hunting isn’t the life for him–and unexpectedly finds himself on a quest for the sixth kenning. And Gondel Vedd, a scholar of linguistics who finds himself tasked with finding a way to communicate with a race of giants never seen before (definitely not Hathrim) and stumbles onto a mystery no one could have guessed: there may be a seventh kenning.

There are other characters, but what makes them all interesting is that they’re regular people (well, maybe not Gorin Mogen or the viceroy–he’s a piece of work) who become heroes in their own little ways, whether it’s the teenage girl who isn’t afraid to share vital information, to the scholars who suddenly find how crucial their minds are to the survival of a nation, to the humble public servants who find bravery when they need it most. This is a story of loss, love, redemption, courage, unity, and overcoming despair to not give up. All very human experiences by simple people who do extraordinary things.

Hearne’s worldbuilding is engaging. He doesn’t bottle feed you, at first it feels like drinking from a hydrant, but then you settle in and pick up things along the way. Then he shows you stuff with a punch to the gut. This is no fluffy world with simple magic without price. All the magic has a price, and more often than not it leads you straight to death’s door. For most people just the seeking of the magic will kill you. I particularly enjoyed the scenes with Ahbi and his discovery of the sixth kenning and everything associated with it. But giants? I mean, really? It isn’t bad enough fighting people who can control fire that you have to add that they’re twice the size of normal people? For Hearne if it’s war, the stakes are pretty high, and it gets ugly.

The benefit of the storytelling style is that the book, despite its length, moves along steadily (Hearne is no novice, here). The bits of story lead you along without annoying cliffhangers (mostly), and I never got bored with the switch between characters. It was easy to move between them, and they were recognizable enough that I got lost or confused. The end of the novel felt a little abrupt, but I guess that has more to do with I was ready for the story to continue, despite the exiting climax.

If you’re looking for epic fantasy with fun storytelling and clever worldbuilding, check out A PLAGUE OF GIANTS.

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The Artwork Of Gary Choo

Gary Choo is a concept artist/illustrator based in Singapore. I’ve know Gary for a good many years ( 17, actually ), working together in animation studios in Singapore like Silicon Illusions and Lucasfilm. Gary currently runs an art team at Mighty Bear Games, but when time allows he also draws covers for Marvel comics, and they’re amazing –

The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo

To see more of Gary’s work or to engage him for freelance work, head down to his ArtStation.

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