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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Welcome to Christmas and A Majestic Christmas are among the films that feature streets bedecked with lights, wreaths, and ribbons in every shot. Lourdes Avila Uribe, Glamour, "What You Can Expect to See in Every Single Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie," 24 Dec. 2018 Really go all in by picking a rose piece to bedeck every open space of skin: Wrists, necks, ear lobes, and fingers can all be made rosy. Leah Melby Clinton, Marie Claire, "How to Make Your Boring LBD Feel New Again," 16 Nov. 2018 From hair to ring fingers, this week's best beauty Instagrams saw a slant toward all things bedecked. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Karlie Kloss, Zoë Kravitz, and More," 29 July 2018 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

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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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