ador·​able | \ə-ˈdȯr-ə-bəl \

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 \-​ˌdȯr-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
adorableness \-​ˈdȯr-​ə-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
adorably \-​blē \ adverb

Examples of adorable in a Sentence

They live in an adorable little cottage. what an adorable old lady, so kind and sweet

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Still there is something to this ancient admonition: If people didn’t look so adorable in their shearling duds, would Matthew have felt the need to forewarn us, thousands of years ago? Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The Shearling Coat Is the Epitome of Carnal Cool—7 Timeless Reasons Why," 1 Nov. 2018 Even vikings and pirates — historically not exactly charming people — can look pretty dang adorable in pup form. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "POLL: Which Dog Halloween Costume Is Cuter?," 24 Sep. 2018 TonyMoly products look ridiculously adorable on my dresser. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "The 7 Best Korean Skin-Care Products on Amazon, According to Customer Reviews," 7 Sep. 2018 There’s no doubt the little prince will look adorable in the ceremony!, "Prince Louis Will be Christened On A Special Date For the Royal Family," 8 July 2018 Local dog clubs step out with their adorable St. Bernards, Dalmatians and Old English Sheepdogs, many in Santa hats and other holiday gear. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Here comes holiday fun at Macy’s Parade in Seattle and Snowflake Lane in Bellevue," 21 Nov. 2018 Plus, each Eevee has the potential to evolve into one of the pokémon’s eight adorable creatures: Espeon, Umbreon, Sylveon, Vaporeon, Flareon, Jolteon, Leafeon, and Glaceon. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "The first official Pokémon Tamagotchi will give owners their own Eevee," 21 Nov. 2018 There’s been a couple of remakes, but the 1947 original will always go down in history as the best, despite the fact that Mara Wilson is endlessly adorable in the 1994 version. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "What to Watch on Netflix During Thanksgiving," 20 Nov. 2018 Turns out, Lenox is even more adorable than Great Barrington. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "Why the 'Gilmore Girls' Fan Festival Is the Ultimate Friends Weekend Getaway," 26 Oct. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of adorable

: very appealing or attractive : very lovable


ador·​able | \ə-ˈdȯr-ə-bəl \

Kids Definition of adorable

: charming, lovely an adorable baby

Other Words from adorable

adorably \-​blē \ adverb

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