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

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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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The edge of the bedroom mirror is still adorned with loads of credentials from the football camps he was invited to, and the official and unofficial visits to various college campuses. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "A parent's pain over his imprisoned football star son," 10 July 2018 Many of the passing vehicles were adorned with flags and patriotic banners; one pickup, with a bed full of the members of Girl Scout Troop 229, had boxes of cookies taped to the sides. Brian Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "Communities come together across San Antonio to celebrate the Fourth," 4 July 2018 Both kits will be adorned by FIFA world champions patches, earned when Real won the FIFA Club World Cup in December of last year. SI.com, "VIDEO: Real Madrid Launch Brand New Adidas Home and Away Kits for 2018/19 Season," 29 May 2018 The classroom is bright and the walls are adorned with football stickers to honor students who passed GED courses. Bowen West, idahostatesman, "New sentences: Creative writing program allows Idaho inmates to find their voices | Idaho Statesman," 9 May 2018 The gilded, eight-horse drawn carriage, which is worth about 1.5 million dollars in today’s money, is adorned with three roof-top cherubs, four tritons, and a velvet and satin interior. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Royal Carriages Throughout History, Including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding Wheels," 3 May 2018 These chunky leather Loeffler Randall mules are adorned with some festive faceted jewels. The Editors, The Cut, "41 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Miu Miu to Missoni," 13 July 2018 Walls are adorned with photos of Cordish and friends. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "David Cordish's new restaurant a good bet 24/7 at Live Hotel," 12 July 2018 Generous custom salads themed with ingredients for categories like Asian, southwest and Caesar can be adorned with protein options like chicken or shrimp. Philip Potempa, Daily Southtown, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Tribes Alehouse in Tinley Park," 11 July 2018

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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

: 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.

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