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 \ -​ˌdȯr-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce adorability (audio) \ noun
adorableness \ -​ˈdȯr-​ə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce adorableness (audio) \ noun
adorably \ -​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

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The first-time mom and her husband, restauranteur Marc Daly, named their daughter Brooklyn Doris Daly and promptly launched her adorable Instagram account. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "These Celebrity Babies Aren't Even A Year Old And They've Already Stolen Our Hearts," 6 June 2019 All of the bites are included in the price; among the standouts are grilled shrimp lollipops with bacon jam, mini beef empanadas with cilantro lime sour cream and the adorable little chicken and waffles, with maple chili brown butter. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The perfect 2-hour getaway: Cocktails at sunset on a yacht, on the bay," 6 June 2019 Meanwhile, Rachel receives a very special birthday present: Ashley Too, an adorable little talkbot programmed with the pop star’s brainscans. Darren Franich,, "Black Mirror season 5 stops worrying and learns to love technology: EW review," 5 June 2019 Meanwhile, an adorable Shih Tzu named Daisy (a sassy Tiffany Haddish) has made the mistake of thinking Snowball is a real super hero and asks for his help rescuing an abused tiger cub at a grungy downtown circus. Laura Demarco,, "‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’: The pack is back and funnier than ever (review)," 5 June 2019 Bright-orange electroluminescent paint strips on the sides of the ESF concept are its ultimate post-crash communication fallback, should either the adorable robot triangle or the rooftop triangle be out of commission and car-to-X links severed. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "If You Crash a Mercedes-Benz in the Future, It Could Deploy a Robot to Warn Other Drivers," 21 May 2019 Could these two get any more adorable — or more fashionable? De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra Attend 2019 Cannes Film Festival," 18 May 2019 Apart from the name Archie being adorable, the royal moniker is undoubtedly traditional. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Real Reason Behind the Royal Baby's Name and Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Picked It," 8 May 2019 And, as if the race wasn't adorable enough, there will be a costume contest at 2:30 as well. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "10 reasons to take your kids to these 10 Milwaukee summer festivals," 6 June 2018

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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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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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