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

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 To celebrate Jackson's big day, the Roloff family hosted an adorable birthday party. Good Housekeeping Editors, Good Housekeeping, 23 May 2022 Likewise, Nicot coaxes equally naturalistic, penny-bright turns from the rest of the young cast, especially Charlie Drach as Lucile, Dalva’s classroom nemesis, and adorable Roman Coustere Hachez as tiny urchin Dimi at the group home. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 May 2022 Elegant, occasionally adorable and at times quite emotional, series creator Julian Fellowes still knows how to pluck the right strings -- upstairs and downstairs -- to play a symphony with his sprawling cast. Brian Lowry, CNN, 20 May 2022 This adorable wooden swing is held up by two colorful rattan ball chains that'll keep them occupied for hours. Bianca Rodriguez, Country Living, 19 May 2022 See below for some adorable reactions to Rihanna and A$AP Rocky’s baby news. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 19 May 2022 To wish their fans well at the end of 2021, Harry and Meghan released a brand new photo of their growing family, including the first image of baby Lili and an adorable shot of Archie, who is growing up to look just like dad. The Editors, Town & Country, 19 May 2022 Stormi was in an adorable one-shoulder white dress and matching sneakers. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 16 May 2022 Noah, an adorable boy with dark, coiled hair, had severe autism. Amanda Joy Calhoun, STAT, 4 May 2022 See More

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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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26 May 2022

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“Adorable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for adorable


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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