adorn

verb
\ 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

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Sources explain that the thread for each cascading flower adorning the veil was hand cut every time, and the hem was also hand-cut for a more natural, waterfall look to match with the long sleeves of the dress. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "The Details in Sophie Turner's Louis Vuitton Wedding Dress Are Staggering," 5 July 2019 While some parade-goers adorned their faces in flamboyant makeup, others embellished their tendrils with technicolor. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "The Best Beauty Looks From NYC Pride March," 1 July 2019 Rainbow flags adorned apartment towers, townhouses, storefronts, scaffolding and people: on their T-shirts, dresses, lei-like necklaces, socks and shoes. James Barron, New York Times, "Pride Parade: 50 Years After Stonewall, a Joyous and Resolute Celebration," 30 June 2019 The furniture is mostly Ikea, unfussy antique, or hand-​built, with art by houseguests adorning the walls. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Top Designer Outfitted This Maine Cottage in Just Days," 28 June 2019 Unfortunately, not all the original paintwork could be restored: A set of 10 original murals on the second floor depicting scenes from Dallas' early history has been lost, except for a small portion of one which adorns the building's lobby. Dan Singer, Dallas News, "Dallas' old city hall has been transformed inside for UNT Dallas' law school," 27 June 2019 For example, the pattern on the outside deck railing matches the interior staircase bannister; gorgeous honed marble and quartz counters adorn the kitchen and are used for a fresh, crisp look in the bathrooms. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: New construction in Orinda delivers thoughtful design and incredible views," 26 June 2019 This Japanese technique creates the illusion that the branches are adorned with soft clouds, as opposed to sharp needles haphazardly arranged. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: Highland Park gardener invites us into her own Shangri-la," 15 June 2019 The finance startup SoFi still won’t confirm that its name will adorn a new football stadium in Inglewood, California, that will be the home of the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers. Theodore Schleifer, Vox, "Why SoFi would be interested in buying naming rights to the LA football stadium," 11 June 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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adorn

verb

English Language Learners Definition of adorn

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

adorn

verb
\ 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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