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 Its walkways are bedecked with colourful lanterns, its stalls laden with dumplings, its entrances flanked by dozens of security guards to handle crowds. The Economist, "China’s coronavirus semi-quarantine will hurt the global economy," 30 Jan. 2020 Every winter, it was bedecked with large flowers, each having rose-brushed, white petals that arched back like wings from its floral tube, inside of which ran a pencil-thin line of magenta. Real Estate, "Winter cactuses are hard to name but easy to grow," 25 Dec. 2019 Eunice the flight attendant stepped out bedecked in angel wings. Martha Sorren,, "Planes, Flight Attendants, & Windmills: Which Bachelor Premiere Gimmick Needs To Go First?," 6 Jan. 2020 Witnesses describe her as being draped in expensive fabrics, dripping with priceless jewels, colorful feathers bedecking her elaborate hairstyles. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Njinga," 4 Oct. 2019 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

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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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12 Feb 2020

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“Bedeck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 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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