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 Some innate immune cells are also just plain adorable. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, "In Praise of Anything but Antibodies," 22 Apr. 2021 And her London teen-boy impression is adorable as heck. Bethy Squires, Vulture, "James Corden’s Insincere Charity Work Won Late Night This Week," 26 Mar. 2021 Netflix's brand new sitcom, Country Comfort, hits the streaming service on March 19, and honestly the cast is too adorable. Natalie Schumann, Country Living, "Exclusive: Watch a Musical Message from Katharine McPhee & the Cast of Netflix's 'Country Comfort'," 15 Mar. 2021 The youngsters were indisputably adorable in their Dutch costumes, a portrait of youthful innocence in a time of unconscionable evil. Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times, "How a picture in a newspaper unlocked childhood mysteries for two Holocaust survivors," 5 Mar. 2021 Honestly, this is so adorable, especially in the age of texting and Instagram. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Lana Condor and Anthony De La Torre's Relationship," 25 Jan. 2021 There’s also the iMac, which over the years, Apple designed to be subtly adorable. Kristin Wong, Wired, "The Power of Kawaii: How Cute, Squishy Things Influence Us," 25 Dec. 2020 This little blender is not just adorable but wildly convenient too. Kate Bratskeir, CNN Underscored, "30 gift ideas for your favorite home cook and foodie," 17 Dec. 2020 Prince Louis is especially adorable in the photo, sitting in the center of the family and beaming with a huge smile. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince William and Kate Middleton Share Never-Before-Seen Family Photo on 2020 Christmas Card," 12 Dec. 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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2 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Adorable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 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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