enchantment late 13c., from O.Fr. encantement, from enchanter "bewitch, charm," from L. incantare, lit. "enchant, cast a (magic) spell upon," from in- "upon, into" (see IN- (Cf. in-) (2)) + cantare "to sing" (see CHANT (Cf. chant)). Figurative sense of "alluring" is from 1670s. Cf. O.E. galdor "song," also "spell, enchantment," from galan "to sing," source of the second element in nightingale.

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