adorable

adjective

ador·​able ə-ˈdȯr-ə-bəl How to pronounce adorable (audio)
1
: extremely charming or appealing
an adorable child
an adorable cottage
2
: worthy of adoration or veneration
adorability noun
adorableness noun
adorably adverb

Examples of adorable in a Sentence

They live in an adorable little cottage. what an adorable old lady, so kind and sweet
Recent Examples on the Web There was no way Mark and Jan Lawrance could have known what life would hold for their adorable twins, Will and Joe. Jim Axelrod, CBS News, 31 Mar. 2024 On Saturday, the 27-year-old daughter of billionaire Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates shared an adorable photo of herself showing her 1-year-old daughter a look at a riding area at an equestrian event. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 30 Mar. 2024 If an elephant isn't your little one's style, there are four other adorable friends to choose from. Maya Polton, Parents, 29 Mar. 2024 Don't sleep on these adorable dangly heart earrings. Perrie Samotin, Glamour, 29 Mar. 2024 Eventually, in what appears to be a particularly adorable version of king of the hill, all three of them begin wrestling for control of the swing. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 22 Mar. 2024 Rafiki loves to play hide and seek (this adorable guy is nicknamed Houdini) and loves to jump on tall perches. The Arizona Republic, 22 Mar. 2024 The Witcher star also shared an adorable photo of Baggins as a newborn puppy, and others of him getting bigger and bigger in the following months. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 18 Mar. 2024 Amazon reviewers praise them for being true-to-size and machine washable, in addition to having an adorable color and print. Terri Peters, Parents, 18 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French, "worthy of veneration," going back to Middle French, borrowed from Latin adōrābilis, from adōrāre "to venerate, adore" + -bilis "capable (of acting or being acted upon)" — more at -able

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of adorable was in 1601

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Cite this Entry

“Adorable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adorable. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

adorable

adjective
ador·​able ə-ˈdōr-ə-bəl How to pronounce adorable (audio)
-ˈdȯr-
1
: deserving to be adored
2
: charming, lovely
an adorable child
adorableness noun
adorably adverb

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