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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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  • Robert believed that if he might look upon that adorable face for many days together, he could thrust Rhoda's from his memory.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith
  • Meg was adorable with her children and surpassed herself in the telling of stories.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • From "dear Countess and adorable friend," he quickly leaps in his letters to "my dear Wilhelmine."

  • All I was thinking of was that she was adorable and too lovely for words!

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • We need to offer no further proof of this than his adorable studies of Mme. Sabatier and the portrait that he made of her.

    Henri Barbusse
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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