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

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

Harry Potter, sunflowers, and Tinkerbell are all subjects that adorn the intricate ornaments made by Russian artist Irina Filyaeva. Kate Bennis, Good Housekeeping, "Watch This Russian Artist Create Gorgeous Hand-Painted Ornaments," 21 Dec. 2018 For an instantly recognizable national monument that has adorned the postage and the currency, the answers should be obvious. Michael O’donnell, WSJ, "‘Sentinel’ Review: The New Colossus," 9 Nov. 2018 In the photo, one hand is raised above her head, the actor seemingly reaching for one of the short new waves that adorn her head. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Danielle Brooks of “Orange Is the New Black” Debuted a New Haircut on Instagram," 30 Oct. 2018 The walnut paneling is distinctly midcentury, but is contrasted by the intricate murals that adorn the walls. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "This eclectic, circular midcentury house could be yours for $1.7M," 16 Aug. 2018 For the next 18 months, Agnes and Julep creative director Loann Lam worked to create three exclusive Julep patterns to adorn the holiday packaging. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "Exclusive: Your First Look at the Gorgeous Julep 2018 Holiday Collection," 18 Sep. 2018 At Cactus Jack's, where license plates adorn the walls and riders are asked to park their bikes two to a spot to make room, Harley owners are debating the fallout of the president's feud. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Trump's battle with Harley-Davidson over foreign tariffs tests motorcycle riders' loyalty," 28 June 2018 Inside Haraldsson’s home, portraits of Snæfellsjokull adorn the white walls in a way often reserved for close family members. The Atlantic, "The Icelandic Families Tracking Climate Change With Measuring Tape," 6 June 2018 Inside Haraldsson’s home, portraits of Snaefellsjokull adorn the white walls in a way often reserved for close family members. Gloria Dickie, WIRED, "Humans Tracked Iceland's Glaciers For Ages. Now, Tech Does," 5 June 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

9 Mar 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

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.

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

a flaw that causes the downfall of a hero

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A Green Quiz

  • shamrock
  • What is the best definition of green-eyed monster?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

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!