\ ə-ˈdȯrn How to pronounce adorn (audio) \
adorned; adorning; adorns

Definition of adorn

transitive verb

1 : to enhance the appearance of especially with beautiful objects adorned the wall with her paintings
2 : to enliven or decorate as if with ornaments people of fashion who adorned the Court

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adorn, decorate, ornament, embellish, beautify, deck, garnish mean to enhance the appearance of something by adding something unessential. adorn implies an enhancing by something beautiful in itself. a diamond necklace adorned her neck decorate suggests relieving plainness or monotony by adding beauty of color or design. decorate a birthday cake ornament and embellish imply the adding of something extraneous, ornament stressing the heightening or setting off of the original a white house ornamented with green shutters , embellish often stressing the adding of superfluous or adventitious ornament. embellish a page with floral borders beautify adds to embellish a suggestion of counterbalancing plainness or ugliness. will beautify the grounds with flower beds deck implies the addition of something that contributes to gaiety, splendor, or showiness. a house all decked out for Christmas garnish suggests decorating with a small final touch and is used especially in referring to the serving of food. an entrée garnished with parsley

Examples of adorn in a Sentence

Her paintings adorn the walls. the Sultan's tent was richly adorned with thick tapestries and gleaming gold candlesticks
Recent Examples on the Web Along with her daughter North and her niece Penelope, Kim decided to adorn her face with some tattoos. Sara Miranda, Allure, 30 Sep. 2021 In an adjacent space, 30 drawings by the artist Susan Te Kahurangi King adorn the walls; the earliest, from 1958, were made when King was just seven years old. Isiah Magsino, Vogue, 4 July 2021 The partnership will also continue into more American Airlines spaces this summer, with Shinola clocks set to adorn the walls of select Admirals Club lounges. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 11 May 2021 Participants dress in their finest attire and adorn the baby with jewelry to celebrate the blessing. Arkansas Online, 23 Sep. 2021 In 2021, however, after a year defined by sweatsuits and house slippers, the naked dress is back with a vengeance, ready to adorn the likes of everyone who has spent 365-plus days in solitude. Eliza Huber,, 19 Sep. 2021 Permanent Collection line, a group of sinuous multi-necked vessels heavily influenced by pre-Columbian and Etruscan shapes, would become Kohlmann’s canvas for the painter to adorn. New York Times, 16 Sep. 2021 So, Flint decided to work with Pierre Frey to scale two of their signature prints down to adorn some shoes and hair accessories this season. Jordi Lippe-mcgraw, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 The monogram was not merely a few fancy initials, although fashionable nobles of Wroth’s period were known to adorn their books, jewelry and portraits with elaborate designs. V.m. Braganza, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of adorn

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for adorn

Middle English aournen, adournen, borrowed from Anglo-French aurner, adourner (with d restored from Latin), going back to Latin adōrnāre "to get ready, prepare, decorate, embellish," from ad- ad- + ōrnāre "to prepare, equip, embellish" — more at ornate

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“Adorn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of adorn

: to make (someone or something) more attractive by adding something beautiful : decorate


\ ə-ˈdȯrn How to pronounce adorn (audio) \
adorned; adorning

Kids Definition of adorn

: to make more attractive by adding something Paintings adorn the walls.

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