be·​deck | \bi-ˈdek, bē-\
bedecked; bedecking; bedecks

Definition of bedeck 

transitive verb

1 : to clothe with finery : deck

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Examples of bedeck in a Sentence

bedecked the house with hundreds of miniature lights for the party the ladies arrived bedecked in furs

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Selling FINE Art Vincent Price pitches Picasso The target Sears customer was the average American, not the uptown grande dame bedecked in pearls and furs. Tiffany Hsu, The Seattle Times, "When Sears was everywhere: espionage, politics and fine art," 15 Oct. 2018 Bakelite Masterpiece,’’ which unfolds on a set — designed by the inexhaustible Cristina Todesco, who seems to create the scenery for half the shows in town — that consists of several towering grids bedecked with empty painting frames. Don Aucoin,, "Painting as if his life depended on it in New Rep’s ‘Masterpiece’," 27 Mar. 2018 Or her installation within design emporium Fritz Porter, with its pale peony walls bedecked with angular turquoise sconces and emerald green silk drapery. Sarah Storms, ELLE Decor, "Office Envy: Angie Hranowsky's Design Studio Makes A Solid Case For Color," 11 May 2017 The shoe’s royal blue-colored body is marked with yellow anchors, and its white sole is bedecked in blue lobsters. Janelle Nanos,, "For this startup, selling is all about the image," 13 Apr. 2018 The rendering on the Bottleworks website depicts customers strolling along a street bedecked with sparkling lights, bright marquees in the vein of the Cabaret’s new Pennsylvania Street moniker and outdoor patios strung with festive fireplaces. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Here's what's in store for the $300 million Bottleworks project on Mass Ave," 29 June 2018 Lurid pink canvases painted with blue legends in Farsi, bedecked with images of beautiful young women, line two walls of the small gallery. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "Talepasand takes on pleasure, religion and Iran at Jack Fischer Gallery," 5 June 2018 Family members sat in front of a memorial bedecked with white, red and pink roses and pictures of the youngster. Deborah Kadin,, "'We stand with you': Hundreds attend memorial service for Northlake Middle School student," 21 May 2018 Guest rooms are all plushly decorated and named for local neighborhoods and attractions; Casco Bay is bedecked with olives and plums, Eastern Promenade is bright white with gray accents. Sarah Firshein, Town & Country, "The Ultimate Travel Guide to Portland, Maine," 13 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of bedeck

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of bedeck

: to decorate (someone or something) with things : to add decorative things to (something or someone)


be·​deck | \bi-ˈdek \
bedecked; bedecking

Kids Definition of bedeck

: to dress up or decorate with showy things bedecked with ribbon

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