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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Kate, a mom of three, had plenty of adorable moments meeting other mothers and playing with kids. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Looks Incredibly Chic in a Gucci Blouse and Pants," 12 Mar. 2019 There was also an adorable moment when the Ambassador’s two young daughters presented the royal couple with a bouquet—and a curtsy. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Standout Moments From Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Whirlwind Morocco Tour," 25 Feb. 2019 Super sweet and loves to say hi to anyone who comes her way, Daisy is as adorable as the flower she is named after. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Give one of these Valley rescue pets a forever home this week," 22 June 2018 Orlando firefighters fetched an adorable little kitten out of a storm drain near Orlando International Airport on Tuesday night. David Harris,, "Cute kitten alert! Orlando firefighters rescue cat stuck in storm drain," 7 June 2018 Over the past few months, Netflix has truly blessed us with a number of adorable — and also kind of weird — new videos. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Netflix Released an Extended Version of a "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" Scene Featuring Noah Centineo," 27 Dec. 2018 Joyous level design and an adorable cast of cooing characters might look just as good on a flat screen, but Astro Bot wins out by infusing its satisfying, Mario-caliber levels and puzzles with comfortable, natural VR interactions. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 The two are beyond adorable and tear up just talking about each other., "I Demand Justice For Shannan On Queer Eye, Season 2," 18 June 2018 Wynne theorized the sweet spot - the age at which people deem puppies oh-so-adorable - would be right around weaning. The Washington Post,, "Puppies' cuteness peaks right when they need humans most, study finds," 24 May 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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