adorable

adjective
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 And in one of the never-before selfies, Beyoncé smiles next to her adorable eight-year-old daughter, both wearing matching turquoise swimsuits and sporting their hair in voluminous half-ponytails. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé and Blue Ivy Twin in a Never-Before-Seen Mother-Daughter Selfie," 4 Jan. 2021 The proud parents hold their adorable daughter between them, who's wearing a cute white dress with a matching white bow in her hair. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Serena Williams Nailed Megan Thee Stallion's "Body" Challenge on the Tennis Court," 31 Dec. 2020 This weekend, Real Housewives Of Atlanta stars Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker showing so much Scorpio love to their adorable daughter Blaze, who just turned a year old. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Kandi Burruss And Todd Tucker Shower Baby Blaze With Love On Her 1st Birthday," 23 Nov. 2020 Chrissy Teigen has always let her adorable daughter, Luna, partake in a few kid-friendly beauty rituals. Marci Robin, Allure, "Luna Gave Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Some Futuristic Silver Makeup Looks," 16 Nov. 2020 Slow lorises—a small group of wide-eyed, nocturnal primates found in the forests of south and southeast Asia—might look adorable, but think twice before snuggling up to one. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Cute-but-Deadly Slow Loris Reserves Its Flesh-Rotting Venom for Its Peers," 22 Oct. 2020 While the decorations look adorable, the party comes literally days after Nikita, James, and more influencers got called out for throwing another big party. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Twitter is Not Happy with Nikita Dragun For Throwing Another Party After Getting Called Out For Her Last One," 29 July 2020 It's believed -- according to said cookbook -- that these lemon pigs will bring good luck or, at the very least, look adorable on your kitchen table. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Want good luck in the new year? Make yourself a lemon pig," 31 Dec. 2020 Their heart-shape leaves and flowers in lilac, crimson, white, pink, and other colors look adorable on their own, or mingled with other houseplants. Lynn Coulter, Better Homes & Gardens, "5 of the Most Festive Flowering Houseplants for Holiday Decorating," 10 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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“Adorable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adorable. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for adorable

adorable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of adorable

: very appealing or attractive : very lovable

adorable

adjective
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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