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[uh-dawr-uh-buh l, uh-dohr-] /əˈdɔr ə bəl, əˈdoʊr-/
very attractive or delightful; charming:
What an adorable hat!
worthy of being adored.
Origin of adorable
1605-15; < Latin adōrābilis. See adore, -able
Related forms
adorableness, adorability, noun
adorably, adverb
unadorable, adjective
unadorableness, noun
unadorably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for adorable
  • Maybe the cute and adorable shelf of die-cast cars grew much bigger than you anticipated.
  • There is really nothing adorable about vultures, adorable in human terms, that is.
  • Some are knitting adorable scarves and making braided challah bread.
  • Bless every misanthrope and pinch their adorable cheeks.
  • He's affordable and adorable and helps workers keep their pay.
  • In this immensely adorable and addictive puzzle game, a piece of candy hangs, suspended by several ropes.
  • All you need to do is steer through some questions about these adorable animals.
  • If nothing else, the turquoise pitcher will make an adorable vase.
  • The answers are occasionally counter-intuitive, often violent, and always adorable.
  • It is comfy and warm and my little one looks so adorable in it.
British Dictionary definitions for adorable


very attractive; charming; lovable
(rare) deserving or eliciting adoration
Derived Forms
adorableness, noun
adorably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for adorable

1610s, from French adorable, from Latin adorabilis "worthy of worship," from adorare (see adore). Weakened sense of "delightful, charming" is recorded from 1710. Related: Adorably; adorableness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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