\ ə-ˈdȯrn How to pronounce adorn (audio) \
adorned; adorning; adorns

Definition of adorn

transitive verb

1 : to enhance the appearance of especially with beautiful objects adorned the wall with her paintings
2 : to enliven or decorate as if with ornaments people of fashion who adorned the Court

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adorn, decorate, ornament, embellish, beautify, deck, garnish mean to enhance the appearance of something by adding something unessential. adorn implies an enhancing by something beautiful in itself. a diamond necklace adorned her neck decorate suggests relieving plainness or monotony by adding beauty of color or design. decorate a birthday cake ornament and embellish imply the adding of something extraneous, ornament stressing the heightening or setting off of the original a white house ornamented with green shutters , embellish often stressing the adding of superfluous or adventitious ornament. embellish a page with floral borders beautify adds to embellish a suggestion of counterbalancing plainness or ugliness. will beautify the grounds with flower beds deck implies the addition of something that contributes to gaiety, splendor, or showiness. a house all decked out for Christmas garnish suggests decorating with a small final touch and is used especially in referring to the serving of food. an entrée garnished with parsley

Examples of adorn in a Sentence

Her paintings adorn the walls. the Sultan's tent was richly adorned with thick tapestries and gleaming gold candlesticks
Recent Examples on the Web Influencers are wrapping the delicate fabric around their wrists, using scrunchies to adorn low ponies, and lacing them into chignons. Erin Parker, Glamour, "Giant Scrunchies Are Taking Over Instagram," 21 Feb. 2020 The act was passed in 1918 and was initially an effort to curb the hunting and poaching of birds for the feather trade; feathers were a major fashion accessory at the time, used to adorn women’s hats. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "One of the most important laws protecting birds in the US just got gutted," 10 Feb. 2020 Just in time for the gift-giving season, adults and teens are invited to create festive bags and tags to adorn holiday packages., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 2 Dec. 2019 And Maria Canosa of Tamarac has an American flag bandana to adorn her walker. Anthony Man,, "Conservatives will annoy liberals. Democrats will bring Baby Trump. Here comes the president for a Thanksgiving week ‘homecoming’ in South Florida," 25 Nov. 2019 The Greater Arbutus Business Association is seeking $2,000 to adorn its streetlights with solar string lights this holiday season. Taylor Deville,, "Arbutus seeks funds to light up town for Santa’s arrival," 19 Nov. 2019 The use of Mexican marigolds to adorn altars and graves on Day of the Dead probably has indigenous origins. Kirby Farah, The Conversation, "Day of the Dead: From Aztec goddess worship to modern Mexican celebration," 28 Oct. 2019 DePasquale-Hagerty called forward employees to be adorned in business-themed aprons that were created by volunteer Judy Daugherty. cleveland, "Grande Cafe and Roastery ribbon cutting augurs well for latest Medina Creative Housing venture," 22 Oct. 2019 However, the new book also claims that Mr Trump wants to adorn the barrier with electrified, flesh-piercing spikes, and asked aides whether officers can shoot migrants in the legs to slow them down. The Economist, "An absurd reckoning of Donald Trump’s border moat," 5 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of adorn

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for adorn

Middle English aournen, adournen, borrowed from Anglo-French aurner, adourner (with d restored from Latin), going back to Latin adōrnāre "to get ready, prepare, decorate, embellish," from ad- ad- + ōrnāre "to prepare, equip, embellish" — more at ornate

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5 Apr 2020

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“Adorn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of adorn

somewhat formal : to make (someone or something) more attractive by adding something beautiful


\ ə-ˈdȯrn How to pronounce adorn (audio) \
adorned; adorning

Kids Definition of adorn

: to make more attractive by adding something Paintings adorn the walls.

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