October 29, 2013
- enchant (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : to influence by charms and magic : bewitch2 : to experience or cause to experience a sudden strong feeling of excitement : fascinate
- How do you use it?
- Dylan's favorite fairy tale features a bumbling wizard whose attempts to enchant a princess always fail.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which one of these words do you think is related to "enchant"?Let C cast a spell on you. "Enchant" can be traced to the Latin word "incantare," which was formed from the combination of the prefix "in-" and "cantare," meaning "to sing." "Incantare" also gave us "incantation," which refers to a series of words used to produce a magic spell. "Canere," a form of "cantare," is the root of another "magic" word, "charm," as well as the "singing" words "chant" and "chantey." It also gave us "incentive" which describes something that incites us to action. Although "incentive" is not considered a musical word, its history suggests that in ancient times a tune was believed capable of stirring up enthusiasm.