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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But the team was perhaps most excited to discover a large inscription written in Hebrew that once adorned a stone Torah reading table on the bima. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Hebrew Inscription Emerges From Ruins of the Great Synagogue of Vilna," 24 July 2019 China’s national emblem, which adorns the front of the Liaison Office, was splattered with black ink. Washington Post, "The Latest: Clashes involving Hong Kong protests get violent," 22 July 2019 China's national emblem, which adorns the front of the Liaison Office, was splattered with black ink. NBC News, "Police launch tear gas, masked assailants attack protesters as Hong Kong march turns violent," 21 July 2019 China's national emblem, which adorns the front of the Liaison Office, was splattered with black ink. Fox News, "Hong Kong protests grow violent as masked assailants attack demonstrators, passengers at subway station," 21 July 2019 The Japanese prints that adorn the walls seem like an anomaly. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Dish towel evokes memories of Monet," 11 July 2019 Every morning, each member of the Samona family stops to pray in front of a small statue of the Virgin Mary that adorns the flower bed in the yard of their Novi home. Andrea Perez Balderrama, Detroit Free Press, "Novi family angry over request to remove Virgin Mary statue," 5 July 2019 Sontag was especially wary of posters that had been taken out of their context, such as the radical political posters that now adorned people’s living rooms. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "How Posters Became Art," 1 July 2019 The American flags that adorn his garden aren't just decorations. CBS News, "Minnesota city council has voted unanimously to stop reciting the Pledge of Allegiance," 27 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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