Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The ability to attract others through personal magnetism and charm.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Spanish dialectal, charm, from Spanish, ghost, from Old Spanish, owner, proprietor, from duen de (casa), lord of (a house) : duen, lord (from Latin dominus; see dem- in Indo-European roots) + de, of (from Latin ; see de–).]

Examples

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  • A foot stomps.

    A head turns.

    The house crumbles.

    December 9, 2006

  • Chamorro people believe in tales of taotaomonas, duendes and other spirits. Duende, according to the Chamorro-English Dictionary by Donald Topping, Pedro Ogo and Bernadita Dungca, is a goblin, elf, ghost or spook in the form of a dwarf, a mischievous spirit which hides or takes small children. 3

    I copied this from wikipedia so I don't know if you can use this info verbatim.

    September 11, 2009