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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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  • "Well, I have already told you that I am his very humble servant," said Coconnas, turning about in an adorably impudent fashion.

    Marguerite de Valois Alexandre Dumas
  • He now perceived that the creature was not only young but most adorably feminine.

    The Creators May Sinclair
  • There are some adorably fine horses, and there are acres of glass houses used to grow fruits that we throw in Italy to the pigs.

  • She was the personification of caprice, adorably constructed, and constructed to be adored.

    Eden Edgar Saltus
  • She had no mind—girls of this sort never have—but she was adorably pretty, which, to most men, is much better.

    The Hypocrite Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • She is adorably capricious, and her style of beauty wears well.

British Dictionary definitions for adorably


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



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.

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