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[bih-dek] /bɪˈdɛk/
verb (used with object)
to deck out; adorn, especially in a showy or gaudy manner.
Origin of bedeck
1560-70; be- + deck
Related forms
unbedecked, adjective
array, decorate, ornament; beautify, enhance. Unabridged
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  • This person was also long and lean and brown; hard bitten; bedecked with worn brown leather chaps, and wearing a gun.

    The Killer Stewart Edward White
  • She was bedecked with a fortune in pearls and precious stones.

    The Story of Don Quixote Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • The bride, bedecked in veil and silken gown, and nervously toying with the flowers in her hair, sat in the adjoin-ing room.

  • He liked the barbaric touch in the many rings which bedecked her fingers.

    The Hero William Somerset Maugham
  • She smiled at him in framework of blue and ermine and pearls—the bedecked, heartless coquette of the pleasure-seeking world.

    The Light of the Star Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for bedecked


(transitive) to cover with decorations; adorn
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bedecked



1560s, from be- + deck (v.). Related: Bedecked; bedecking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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