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

Definition of bedeck

transitive verb

1 : 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 To the left, handmade wooden ornaments and strings of pearls bedeck a live Christmas tree. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 7 Dec. 2021 Humans bedeck their most permanent structures to inscribe them with their articles of faith, their relationship with nature, the nuances of social structure. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 24 Nov. 2021 The state of Florida has relented and given the city of Sarasota permission to bedeck the John Ringling Causeway Bridge in rainbow lights to mark Pride Month. NBC News, 17 June 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of bedeck

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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Nglish: Translation of bedeck for Spanish Speakers


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