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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The company asked them to style themselves in American Eagle clothes and take their own photos, some of which now adorn walls of stores across the country. Jordyn Holman, latimes.com, "American Eagle is thriving even as shopping malls shrivel," 4 June 2019 The navy blue look featured built in gloves along with a cluster of jewels adorning both the front and back. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Irina Shayk Stuns in Plunging Burberry Gown at the Met Gala," 7 May 2019 Blue, which adorned the ancient Irish flag, was first identified with St. Patrick's Day. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "Here's the Real History of St Patrick's Day," 15 Mar. 2019 Take a room with a floral-patterned headboard and framed drawings of crustaceans, or another adorned with warm renderings of botanicals. Vogue, "The Royal Family Has Opened a New Bed and Breakfast," 15 May 2019 The model stepped out on the pink carpet in a white, silver and gold streaked catsuit, with a matching headpiece and coat adorned with feathers, all designed by Michael Kors who is also her date for the evening. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid Channels the Ice Queen at the Met Gala," 7 May 2019 There’s also a 19 ft swimming pool (which has a hot and cold Jacuzzi) adorned with fiber optic lights for a magical ambience in the evening. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...Baros Maldives," 4 May 2019 The back of this long, lean Miu Miu dress is a stunner: nearly bare except for two silk straps adorned with tiny black bows. Rebecca Ramsey, The Cut, "Make a Dramatic Exit in This Miu Miu Dress," 28 June 2018 Singer Dani Miller appears alongside models Mae Lapres, Achok Majak, and Ellia Sophia Coggins, frolicking to a 1980s soundtrack, their lips adorned in various shades of the lipsticks. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "Gucci Beauty Launches Lipsticks for the Cool Kids (That's You)," 8 May 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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