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 adorability (audio) \ noun
adorableness \ ə-​ˈdȯr-​ə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce adorableness (audio) \ noun
adorably \ ə-​ˈdȯr-​ə-​blē How to pronounce adorably (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 For when that charcuterie craving hits and there’s no wine bar in sight, the little pepperettes in an Olympia Provisions’ Pepperette Sample Pack are both adorable and delicious. Sunset Magazine, "The 99 Pantry Items We Can’t Live Without, from the Ultimate Olive Oil to Heirloom Turmeric," 25 Feb. 2020 The adorable and distinctive-looking pup is about 10 pounds of cuteness but does take some time to warm up to his people friends initially. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Hershey and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 7 Feb. 2020 Seafood stuffed into toasted brioche and garnished with plantain chips in the shape and flavor of crabs is both adorable and appetizing. Washington Post, "At two hotel restaurants, there’s room for improvement," 9 Jan. 2020 She's joined by NYC performer Shakina Nayfack as Ava, an adorable and self-actualized weed dealer/singer who acts as a spiritual stand-in for Maura throughout the movie. Robyn Bahr, Billboard, "'Transparent: Musicale Finale': TV Review," 18 Sep. 2019 She's joined by NYC performer Shakina Nayfack as Ava, an adorable and self-actualized weed dealer/singer who acts as a spiritual stand-in for Maura throughout the movie. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Transparent: Musicale Finale': TV Review," 16 Sep. 2019 Two adorable, body-confident, feminist children ready to bust out some interpretative choreography at any moment. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "John Legend Shared the Cutest Video of Luna and Miles Dancing As He Performs," 12 Mar. 2020 But there’s also the charcoal-behind-glass art structure by the front door, a vibrant poster wall, and an adorable kids’ play area replete with a magnet wall and books. Daliah Singer, The Know, "Review: Chook brings fine-dining finesse to a fast-casual chicken shop," 16 Oct. 2019 There’s even adorable video footage of their very first handshake on the red carpet! De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Hailey Bieber Reflects on Meeting Justin Bieber For the First Time," 29 Feb. 2020

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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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1 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Adorable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Apr. 2020.

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How to pronounce adorable (audio)

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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