be·​deck bi-ˈdek How to pronounce bedeck (audio)
bedecked; bedecking; bedecks

transitive verb

: to clothe with finery : deck

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 His followers — bedecked in feathered headdresses, homemade shark-fin hats and grass skirts — arrived early for concerts and tailgated with frozen margaritas and jerk chicken in the parking lots of concert venues. Glenn Rifkin, Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2023 The walls of the old converted gas station are bedecked with old license plates, and long picnic tables under a tall metal awning out front are perfect for whiling away a pleasant afternoon. Robert F. Moss, Southern Living, 12 Sep. 2023 The presiding plump, pink-cheeked bishop of San Jose is ornately robed in his chasuble, bedecked with a mitre, and wielding a tall staff over his Vietnamese sheep. Viet Thanh Nguyen, The New Yorker, 9 Sep. 2023 Diagon Alley is also bedecked, and the Butterbeer is ever-so-warming. Travel + Leisure Editors, Travel + Leisure, 3 Sep. 2023 Princess Diana's wedding dress—that very '80s gown embroidered with 10,000 pearls and bedecked in frilled lace—is iconic. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, 8 Aug. 2023 Simone Rocha lace & pearl veil Simone Rocha fitted zip-up maxi dress Simone Rocha Nano egg bag Simone Rocha bow midi dress Sandy Liang Little slip dresses bedecked in bows, veil headbands, and satin bags galore! Kristen Bateman, Vogue, 31 July 2023 These sails rotate to leverage wind power, and are bedecked with 16,000 square feet of solar panels. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 14 July 2023 On the face of it, Miami has rolled out the welcome mat for the Argentinian soccer star, with multiple parts of the city bedecked with Messi murals and graffiti in black, white and pink — the colors of his new team, Inter Miami FC. Rob Wile, NBC News, 21 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bedeck was in 1565

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“Bedeck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


be·​deck bi-ˈdek How to pronounce bedeck (audio)
: to dress up with showy things
bedecked in furs and jewels

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