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 adorability (audio) \ noun
adorableness \ ə-​ˈdȯr-​ə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce adorableness (audio) \ noun
adorably \ ə-​ˈdȯr-​ə-​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
Recent Examples on the Web The music video includes several adorable home videos of the young pop icon, who grew up on a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Taylor Swift's 'Christmas Tree Farm' video features her childhood, including pink footie PJs," 7 Dec. 2019 The launch of canine fashions was inspired by #SSENSEinterns, a hashtag started by employees in the retailer’s Montreal office who would dress their pets in designer clothes and share the adorable videos and photos on Instagram. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "These Dogs Are Better Dressed Than You," 6 Dec. 2019 The page has more than 5,000 followers and it's filled with adorable videos and photos of the Remi and Roxi. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "This college football player lost his parents before Senior Day, but he didn't walk out alone," 3 Dec. 2019 Duff and Lamberg shared the exciting news in an adorable video posted on social media. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Everything you need to know about the Lizzie McGuire revival on Disney+," 20 Nov. 2019 Regardless of their struggles, the Bryan family will always have each other's backs—which is obvious in Luke's adorable music video featuring his three boys. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Luke Bryan and Caroline Boyer Have the Sweetest Bond With Their Five Kids," 12 Nov. 2019 Think twice before yelling, experts say Few things are more adorable—or destructive—than a new puppy. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: The archaeology of slavery, super-productive corn, and how NOT to train your dog," 8 Nov. 2019 TikTok has become a place for adorable videos, sneak peeks at celebs, aspiring pop stars, and now, beauty challenges. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "TikTok Users Participated in the Piercing Challenge," 6 Nov. 2019 The adorable video earned 3.9 million views as of Tuesday morning, within one day of Ali’s posting. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Adorable 3-Year-Old Boy Repeats Positive Affirmations on His Walk to School," 8 Oct. 2019

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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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10 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Adorable.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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How to pronounce adorable (audio)

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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