adorn


adorn

transitive verb \ə-ˈdrn\

: to make (someone or something) more attractive by adding something beautiful

Full Definition of ADORN

1
:  to enhance the appearance of especially with beautiful objects
2
:  to enliven or decorate as if with ornaments <people of fashion who adorned the Court>

Examples of ADORN

  1. Her paintings adorn the walls.
  2. <the Sultan's tent was richly adorned with thick tapestries and gleaming gold candlesticks>

Origin of ADORN

Middle English, from Latin adornare, from ad- + ornare to furnish — more at ornate
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of ADORN

adorn, decorate, ornament, embellish, beautify, deck, garnish mean to enhance the appearance of something by adding something unessential. adorn implies an enhancing by something beautiful in itself <a diamond necklace adorned her neck>. decorate suggests relieving plainness or monotony by adding beauty of color or design <decorate a birthday cake>. ornament and embellish imply the adding of something extraneous, ornament stressing the heightening or setting off of the original <a white house ornamented with green shutters>, embellish often stressing the adding of superfluous or adventitious ornament <embellish a page with floral borders>. beautify adds to embellish a suggestion of counterbalancing plainness or ugliness <will beautify the grounds with flower beds>. deck implies the addition of something that contributes to gaiety, splendor, or showiness <a house all decked out for Christmas>. garnish suggests decorating with a small final touch and is used especially in referring to the serving of food <an entrée garnished with parsley>.

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