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adorn

[uh-dawrn] /əˈdɔrn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to decorate or add beauty to, as by ornaments:
garlands of flowers adorning their hair.
2.
to make more pleasing, attractive, impressive, etc.; enhance:
Piety adorned Abigail's character.
Origin
1325-1375
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
Synonyms
1. beautify; deck, bedeck; bedizen, array.
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Examples from the web for adorned
  • The guests sat at four tables in the green room, which was adorned with pink and white flowers.
  • Sometimes local dignitaries join the procession, adorned with chains of office, sometimes not.
  • It has adorned cigarettes, ice cream and a bikini, and is tattooed on the bodies of footballers.
  • The living-room walls are adorned with posters for long-ago concerts.
  • Blooms all summer, producing clusters of yellow flowers adorned with bright red stamens.
  • Their nozzle handles have long been adorned with junk food ads encased in clear plastic.
  • It was adorned with gleaming white limestone buildings, terraced gardens, and ritual baths.
  • Those aren't writers whose books are adorned with embossed dragons.
  • She designs luxurious silk blouses, lingerie and evening wear adorned with.
  • There are nods from his mates, several of them wearing blue blazers adorned with their military medals.
British Dictionary definitions for adorned

adorn

/əˈdɔːn/
verb (transitive)
1.
to decorate: she adorned her hair with flowers
2.
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

adorn

v.

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.

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