ador·able | \ə-ˈdȯr-ə-bəl \

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 \ noun
adorableness \-ˈdȯr-ə-bəl-nəs \ noun
adorably \-blē \ 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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As with most baby pictures, the photos are absolutely adorable, particularly the one that shows Princess Charlotte carefully kissing her baby brother on the forehead. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "The Royal Family Knows the Value and Charm of a Good Hand-Me-Down," 7 May 2018 The unlikely but adorable BFFs have become increasingly good friends after the actress married Prince Harry back in May, before accompanying his grandmother to three major public events as a member of the royal family. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "The Queen and Meghan Markle Have an "Increasingly Warm" and "Close" Friendship," 28 June 2018 The patently adorable and weird quality of their first date seems to have set the tone for their entire relationship. Alice Bolin, Longreads, "The Daughter as Detective," 26 June 2018 And there is Anne, the requisite silly sidekick (the adorable and very impressive Sarah Knittel). Toby Zinman,, "'Maria Marten' is a rowdy Victorian melodrama of love, revenge and murder," 10 June 2018 Mine is in the cute and adorable category, although that was pretty impressive, that catch. Fox News, "President Trump, Kim Jong Un set to meet in Singapore for historic summit," 7 June 2018 When next year’s holiday card comes in the mail, the little brother will no longer be gangly and adorable. Charlotte Wilder,, "America Would Love These Celtics if They Weren’t From Boston," 17 May 2018 And just look at her being generally adorable and perfect 24/7. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Who Is Mia Tindall, and Why the Heck Isn’t She in the Royal Wedding Party?," 16 May 2018 Francois Chambard, maker of conductive wallpaper and adorable theremins, is back with a clever new line of furniture called Patch. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This interactive furniture line runs on solar power," 24 Apr. 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 \

Kids Definition of adorable

: charming, lovely an adorable baby

Other Words from adorable

adorably \-blē \ adverb

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