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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Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth were there, newlyweds Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner looked adorable, and Priyanka Chopra-Jonas and Nick Jonas recreated their famous first appearance together. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx Made a Rare Appearance Together at the Met Gala 2019," 7 May 2019 In their red carpet debut, the crew of five looked completely adorable while posing for pictures outside the movie theater. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani Hit the Red Carpet With Her Sons for the First Time Ever," 29 Apr. 2019 The couple posed together and looked absolutely adorable. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Does Kiernan Shipka Have a New Boyfriend?," 10 Apr. 2019 But no amount of depressing eggs could ruin the charm of enjoying a cup of coffee with a snow mountainscape brushing past the windows and an adorable couple sitting next to each other a few booths away looking out at the snow. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "What it’s like to take a 35-hour ride on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train from Los Angeles to Seattle," 29 Mar. 2019 Just a few months later, the estranged couple was spotted holding hands, riding bikes, and just being downright adorable in Paris. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Every Question You Have About Patrick Dempsey's Wife and Three Kids, Answered," 21 Mar. 2019 The two were absolutely adorable together, and Sami shared a lot of their relationship on social media. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Zac Efron's Love Life," 6 Mar. 2019 Now, the couple share plenty of adorable snapshots into the life as parents and husband and wife. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Dan + Shay's Shay Mooney and Dan Smyers Have the Most Romantic Love Stories," 29 Mar. 2019 Both the latter and Day 2 Nite offer purely eye shadows, while Grl Pwdr is an adorable four-pan blush palette featuring shades of coral, pink-champagne, and peach. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "The Balm Is Launching "Autobalm" Cheek and Eye Shadow Palettes That Look Just Like License Plates," 26 Mar. 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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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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