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 Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson and Fats Domino bedeck its shiny braces. John Simerman,, 24 Nov. 2020 The tables for panelists onstage, however, were bedecked in banners displaying the SRA’s winkingly Soviet-style logo: three rifle cartridges under a red star, encircled by stalks of wheat. James Pogue, Harper's Magazine, 30 Mar. 2020 He was bedecked in a custom outfit by British designer Giles Deacon with a bodice made of 24-karat gold feathers. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, 10 Feb. 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. Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2019 Photos of Leonard briefly bedecked in a Pacers cap while shaking then-commissioner David Stern’s hand on draft night continue to haunt fans in Indiana. Jeff Mcdonald,, 2 May 2020 For two games in one: Dominoes and Domino-like blocks Dating to the 1300s in China, Dominoes most likely got their design—or at least their count of pips, or those dots that bedeck them—from their visually similar game-playing cousins, dice. Amy Roberts, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2020 The slopes of Golden Gate Park were blanketed with drumming corps, students dressed as redcoats played war among the eucalypti, and beauties with long white gloves waved from convertibles bedecked with paper flowers. Daniel Mason, The Atlantic, 6 Apr. 2020 Dan Stevens, bedecked in a red plaid three-piece suit and Snidely Whiplash mustache, is especially over the top as the gold-hungry Hal, who drives Buck to near death searching for the shiny stuff. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 19 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of bedeck

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bedeck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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