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[uh-dawrn] /əˈdɔrn/
verb (used with object)
to decorate or add beauty to, as by ornaments:
garlands of flowers adorning their hair.
to make more pleasing, attractive, impressive, etc.; enhance:
Piety adorned Abigail's character.
Origin of adorn
1325-75; Middle English adornen < Latin adōrnāre, equivalent to ad- ad- + ōrnāre to dress (see ornate); replacing late Middle English aourne < Middle French < Latin
Related forms
adorner, noun
adorningly, adverb
nonadorner, noun
nonadorning, adjective
overadorn, verb (used with object)
overadorned, adjective
preadorn, verb (used with object)
readorn, verb (used with object)
readorning, adjective
self-adorning, adjective
superadorn, verb (used with object)
unadorned, adjective
well-adorned, adjective
1. beautify; deck, bedeck; bedizen, array. Unabridged
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  • Some banners that adorned it remained in the cathedral till 1586.

  • The city had been beflagged and adorned with banners and with garlands.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • There is a beautiful reja here (lattice or grating) by Bartolom, and the altar is adorned with statues of Ferdinand and Isabella.

    Old Continental Towns Walter M. Gallichan
  • What have they, our judges, accomplished; how have they adorned life?

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • Every day he led the geese to the sea, and every day Bianchinetta came forth and adorned them with tassels of various colors.

    Italian Popular Tales Thomas Frederick Crane
British Dictionary definitions for adorned


verb (transitive)
to decorate: she adorned her hair with flowers
to increase the beauty, distinction, etc, of
Derived Forms
adornment, noun
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin adōrnāre, from ōrnāre to furnish, prepare
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Word Origin and History for adorned



late 14c., "to decorate, embellish," also "be an ornament to," from Old French aorner "to order, arrange, dispose, equip; adorn," from Latin adornare "equip, provide, embellish," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + ornare "prepare, furnish, adorn, fit out," from stem of ordo "order" (see order (n.)). The -d- was reinserted by French scribes 14c., in English from late 15c. Related: Adorned; adorning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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