adorn

verb
\ ə-ˈdȯrn \
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

Keep scrolling for more

Choose the Right Synonym for adorn

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

Those are buried inside, whereas Xiaomi has just adorned the exterior with extra silicon for a decidedly techie (if somewhat false) look. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Xiaomi launches in the UK with Mi 8 Pro flagship," 8 Nov. 2018 In his campaign office, almost every sign adorning the walls is about stopping the GOP war on Medicaid or protecting the Affordable Care Act. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Ohio voters might be ready for socialism. But right now, they just want to win.," 3 Aug. 2018 And because the glacier the dunes adorn is made predominantly of soft nitrogen ice, scientists think the methane sand comes from snowcaps atop those nearby mountains as well, which reach more than 10,000 feet skyward. National Geographic, "Surprise! Pluto Has Dunes Made of Methane 'Sand'," 31 May 2018 The 2017 fest also featured acoustic performers in an alleyway off Chicago Street adorned with party lights. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "Music, street performers and gumbo help turn Joliet into New Orleans North," 31 May 2018 Photo by Adrian Smith The nests of Florida ants called Formica archboldi are adorned with the carcasses of their enemies — namely, the heads of other species known as trap-jaw ants. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "High-speed video solves how Florida ants furnish their nests with their enemies’ bodies," 18 Nov. 2018 The table was adorned with autumnal pumpkins, roses, and muscari by immaculate florists McQueens, while foodie menu cards illustrated by Susannah Garrod gave a pop of color to the elegant 1930s room. Vogue, "It-Brits Celebrate the Food of Malton With a Festive Dinner at Claridge’s," 15 Nov. 2018 Instead of sombreros, their low, sleek ponytails (anything else gets caught in the sequins on their jackets) are adorned with a beribboned bow that’s nearly the size of a football. Harper Smith, Allure, "The Beauty Secrets of Mariachi Las Alteñas, an All-Female Mariachi Band in the Heart of Texas," 13 Nov. 2018 Each bottle of the polish is also adorned with an adorable image of Snow White. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "INTEGRATE Released a "Snow White" Makeup Collection," 15 Aug. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'adorn.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about adorn

Dictionary Entries near adorn

adorbs

adore

adoring

adorn

adornment

Adorno

adosculation

Statistics for adorn

Last Updated

12 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for adorn

The first known use of adorn was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for adorn

adorn

verb

English Language Learners Definition of adorn

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

adorn

verb
\ ə-ˈdȯrn \
adorned; adorning

Kids Definition of adorn

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on adorn

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with adorn

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for adorn

Spanish Central: Translation of adorn

Nglish: Translation of adorn for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of adorn for Arabic Speakers

Comments on adorn

What made you want to look up adorn? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to gather or build up little by little

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!