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 Entrepreneur Kim Kardashian and her family have also been known to pop into restaurants, bedecked in designer sunglasses and feathers, while the brand’s burgers have become a staple of Oscar after-parties to the extent that famed director Steven Spielberg took photos of his meal. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune, 11 Apr. 2024 The Swans in real life never left the house without being bedecked in pieces that were appropriate for every situation and in the series the jewelry serve to develop character and plot. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 Thousands of jubilant fans flocked to downtown Kansas City, Missouri, bedecked in the team’s colors of red, white and gold, to celebrate the team’s Super Bowl victory Wednesday afternoon. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 16 Feb. 2024 Hurrell’s picture is sumptuous, with Garbo bedecked in glittering rosettes of diamonds, her hair falling in perfect ringlets, a lush gray-black fur encircling her plunging neckline. Angelica Aboulhosn, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Mar. 2024 Ever since, the Tinseltown tradition has seen stars attend film premieres, festivals and award ceremonies bedecked in couture, debuting new looks or new relationships (or, perhaps, subtly hinting at a breakup) with photographers capturing their every move. Marie Lodi, CNN, 9 Mar. 2024 Inside, guests are met with an impossibly cozy nook of a bar, where soft candlelight illuminates a space bedecked with vintage books. Staff Author Published, Travel + Leisure, 5 Feb. 2024 Such an artist is catnip for organizers, who want nothing more, in these situations, than an arena full of people blissed out on their favorite songs, arms bedecked with blinking LED bracelets, clutching their Chik-fil-A coupons and singing along to 30-year-old singles. Preston Jones, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 31 Jan. 2024 Standing tall at 80 feet, this Norway spruce is bedecked with 50,000 LED lights and topped with a Swarovski star nearly ten feet tall—a work of art designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, boasting three million crystals across 70 triangular spikes. Boutayna Chokrane, Vogue, 18 Dec. 2023

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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 21 Apr. 2024.

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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