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 Two adorable, body-confident, feminist children ready to bust out some interpretative choreography at any moment. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "John Legend Shared the Cutest Video of Luna and Miles Dancing As He Performs," 12 Mar. 2020 But there’s also the charcoal-behind-glass art structure by the front door, a vibrant poster wall, and an adorable kids’ play area replete with a magnet wall and books. Daliah Singer, The Know, "Review: Chook brings fine-dining finesse to a fast-casual chicken shop," 16 Oct. 2019 There’s even adorable video footage of their very first handshake on the red carpet! De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Hailey Bieber Reflects on Meeting Justin Bieber For the First Time," 29 Feb. 2020 Our slideshow includes families all across Houston proudly sharing photos of their adorable kiddos all decked out in rodeo gear, along with a few Houstonians displaying their rodeo pride. Sonia Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "It's Go Texan Day and folks are wearing their best rodeo gear to kick off the season," 28 Feb. 2020 Ana is instead trapped in her own cold war battle of wills with her sometimes cruel mom Beatriz (Laura Patalano) and adorable little sister Nayeli (Bianca Melgar). Ariana Romero,, "This Is Exactly How The Gentefied Cousins Are Related," 24 Feb. 2020 But Amsterdam's focus is much broader than just adorable plastic doodads. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "What Amsterdam’s war on the rubber duckie says about global tourism," 22 Feb. 2020 Photos of the adorable misstep quickly made the rounds on the internet. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques Rocked Sunglasses for Monaco's Saint Dévote Day," 27 Jan. 2020 An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Fiona the hippo and her boyfriend Timothy don’t let the distance between them get in the way of their adorable relationship. Georgia Slater,, "Fiona the Hippo Has a Boyfriend! Her Biggest Admirer Timothy Sends Edible Bouquet for Her Birthday," 25 Jan. 2020

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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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18 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Adorable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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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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