ador·​able | \ ə-ˈdȯr-ə-bəl How to pronounce adorable (audio) \

Definition of adorable

1 : extremely charming or appealing an adorable child an adorable cottage
2 : worthy of adoration or veneration

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Other Words from adorable

adorability \ ə-​ˌdȯr-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce adorable (audio) \ noun
adorableness \ ə-​ˈdȯr-​ə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce adorable (audio) \ noun
adorably \ ə-​ˈdȯr-​ə-​blē How to pronounce adorable (audio) \ 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 Absolute cutest dad John Legend shared an especially adorable video with 4-year-old Luna Stephens over the weekend, in which the dad and daughter duo share a dance. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "John Legend Adorably Danced With Luna While Dressed as the Easter Bunny," 29 Mar. 2021 Brace yourself for a bundle of adorable animals, guys and gals. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "New Discovery+ Series Pig Royalty Is a "Texas-Sized Drama" About the Crazy World of Competitive Pig Showing," 12 Mar. 2021 Serena Williams shared an adorable video of her 3-year-old daughter Olympia joining her on the court while practicing ahead of the Australian Open. CNN, "Serena Williams' daughter joins her on the tennis court ahead of Australian Open," 20 Jan. 2021 Part of accomplishing that task involves getting those adorable animals up on the huge IMAX screens. Popular Science, "Shooting koalas in 12K for IMAX is as tricky as it sounds," 14 Dec. 2020 Get everything from knit socks and moccasins to nightgowns, long johns and flannel sets in this adorable pattern. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "20 adorable holiday pajama sets for the whole family," 11 Nov. 2020 This upcoming crew will be joining the adorable stuffed animals currently available from the company like Maggie the Mastiff, pit bull ambassador Beaubee, and more. Kelli Bender,, "Stuffed Animal Company Makes Plushies of Inspiring Rescue Dogs for All to Enjoy," 5 Aug. 2020 The adorable animals at Hancock Shaker Village in Massachusetts are ready to welcome you in for a furry hello. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "The Oldest Working Farm in the Berkshires Is Reopening Its Baby Animal Area This Week," 1 June 2020 And in one of the never-before selfies, Beyoncé smiles next to her adorable eight-year-old daughter, both wearing matching turquoise swimsuits and sporting their hair in voluminous half-ponytails. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé and Blue Ivy Twin in a Never-Before-Seen Mother-Daughter Selfie," 4 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of adorable

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for adorable

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

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The first known use of adorable was in 1601

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20 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Adorable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of adorable

: very appealing or attractive : very lovable


ador·​able | \ ə-ˈdȯr-ə-bəl How to pronounce adorable (audio) \

Kids Definition of adorable

: charming, lovely an adorable baby

Other Words from adorable

adorably \ -​blē \ adverb

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