be·​deck | \ bi-ˈdek How to pronounce bedeck (audio) , 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
Recent Examples on the Web While there were some kids about, there were also long lines for the (candle-bedecked) bars, making clear that those who grew up with the books have graduated to something beyond butterbeer. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Minnesota Orchestra hosts an enjoyable Potter party, wands optional," 25 Oct. 2019 Behind the Queen and princes is a perfect pine tree bedecked with an array of ornaments. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Like You, the Royals Spent the Weekend Baking at Home With Family," 23 Dec. 2019 Another is surrounded by vines and bedecked with a crystal chandelier. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Claims of a White House cover-up," 27 Sep. 2019 Entering Ian Schrager’s Paradise Club in the heart of Times Square, guests were transported to a whimsical cabaret bedecked with disco balls and dreamscape murals inspired by Bosch. Vogue, "John Waters Was in His Campy Element at Ballroom Marfa's Spring Celebration," 21 May 2019 Many of these shells have spectacularly complex shapes—logarithmic spirals bedecked with fractal spines or other ornaments, all executed with near-perfect mathematical regularity. Alain Goriely, Scientific American, "How Seashells Take Shape," 12 Apr. 2018 While the other non-gaming channels appear to be largely dormant, the Just Chatting category is a sea of faces bedecked with headphones. Amrita Khalid, Quartz, "The future of live-streaming, for better or worse, depends on Twitch," 12 Nov. 2019 Dancers were bedecked in rhinestone headpieces and elegant white gowns with male dancers appearing in black tie and tails. Candace Jordan,, "Night of dancing a la ‘Great Gatsby,’ fox trot and salsa benefits Giordano jazz outreach, Chicago public schools," 9 Oct. 2019 The venue was bedecked in neon jungle decor and the air was thick with fog and perspiration, which altogether commingled into an atmosphere reminiscent of the tropics. Morena Duwe, Billboard, "After an Injury Forced Them to Cancel Their Tour, Sofi Tukker Took to the Studio -- We Meet Them There," 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of bedeck

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bedeck was in 1565

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15 Jan 2020

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“Bedeck.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce bedeck (audio) \
bedecked; bedecking

Kids Definition of bedeck

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

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