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 The Animal Crossing franchise is Nintendo’s version of The Sims, but more adorable and full of strange mysteries. Matthew Gault, Time, "The 8 Video Games We Can't Wait to Play in 2020," 17 Jan. 2020 Scroll through the gallery to see more adorable photos with Zhuri with her family. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "LeBron James And His Daughter Zhuri Getting Cooking In The Cutest Tutorial Ever!," 17 Jan. 2020 The couple, who is very private, has shared a few adorable, loved-up date nights recently. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "John Krasinski and Emily Blunt Accidentally Snubbed Chris Martin," 16 Jan. 2020 The adorable Cube Refrigerator series comes in three new models of small refrigerators: wine, beer, and beauty. Nena Farrell, Sunset Magazine, "The Hottest Smart Home Gadgets from CES 2020," 13 Jan. 2020 To be fair, the zoo is full of feel-good stories, from the births of adorable animals to the $25 million elephant exhibit that opened in 2011 and tiger passage in 2016. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Cleveland embraces Lake Erie, Indians win 22 games straight: Biggest feel-good stories of the 2010s," 31 Dec. 2019 Take pro Alan Bersten, for example, who hung an adorable ornament of him and his partner Hanna Brown. Leah Rocketto, Woman's Day, "'DWTS' Winner Alan Bersten Had a Hannah Brown Ornament On His Christmas Tree," 30 Dec. 2019 The family chose this adorable snap of the Prince kissing his youngest son Louis while George and Charlotte subtly smile for the camera. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Took a New Christmas Photo of Prince William, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis," 25 Dec. 2019 The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust Twitter account posted an absolutely adorable—and unexpected—Christmas message from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex today. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Share Their Family Christmas Card—Featuring Baby Archie!," 23 Dec. 2019

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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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22 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Adorable.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 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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dull or mediocre

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