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 Everything from Bryant’s playful platform sandals to the ribbon bow in her hair was adorable, but the twee touches only added to the whimsy of Rocha’s design. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "This Week, the Best Dressed Stars Remixed Retro Fashion," 10 May 2021 Baby animals are often adorable, but this belies the fact that many are born with some pretty intense survival skills. Mike Wehner, BGR, "Mantis shrimp throw deadly punches just 9 days after birth," 1 May 2021 Kim continued to be adorable after arriving at Union Station. Jennifer Zhan, Vulture, "Responsible Angel Alan Kim Walked His Dog Before the Oscars," 25 Apr. 2021 And though each room is adorable, the inn's Saguaro suite is perhaps the best of all. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "The Magic of the Desert Comes to Life at This Airbnb Tucked Away in a Saguaro Cactus Forest," 20 Apr. 2021 Some of them are not very graceful, but all of them are adorable. New York Times, "Can Tech Make the Roads Safer?," 19 Apr. 2021 Maybe their cat is adorable but kind of distracting. Fortesa Latifi, SELF, "7 Teletherapy Tips for Anyone Who Wants to Continue Virtual Sessions," 13 Apr. 2021 Gigi Hadid celebrated her daughter's first Easter yesterday by dressing her up in a little bunny costume and, unsurprisingly, the results are adorable. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Gigi Hadid Dressed Up Her Daughter Khai as the Easter Bunny and the Pic Will Make Your Heart Melt," 5 Apr. 2021 The movie’s unsolvable problem is that nothing — not extreme close-ups, scary sets, ominous music or bodies splashed with bright, red blood — can cover up the fact that the marauding bunnies are adorable. Jim Kiest, San Antonio Express-News, "5 family-friendly, rabbit-centered movies to watch for Easter: 'Peter Rabbit,' 'Hop,' 'Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,' 'Night of the Lepus' and 'Harvey'," 31 Mar. 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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14 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Adorable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 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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