adorn

[uh-dawrn]
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:
1325–75; Middle English adornen < Latin adōrnāre, equivalent to ad- ad- + ōrnāre to dress (see ornate); replacing late Middle English aourne < Middle French < Latin

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.
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adorn (əˈdɔːn)
 
vb
1.  to decorate: she adorned her hair with flowers
2.  to increase the beauty, distinction, etc, of
 
[C14: via Old French from Latin adōrnāre, from ōrnāre to furnish, prepare]
 
a'dornment
 
n

unadorned (ˌʌnəˈdɔːnd)
 
adj
not decorated; plain: a bare unadorned style

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Word Origin & History

adorn
late 14c., from O.Fr. aourner, from L. adornare "equip, provide, embellish," from ad- "to" + ornare "prepare, furnish, adorn, fit out," from stem of ordo "order" (see order). The -d- was reinserted by French scribes 14c., in English from late 15c. (see ad-).

unadorned
1634, from un- (1) "not" + pp. of adorn.
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Example sentences
The language of truth is unadorned and always simple.
Inside, the unfinished wood floors, plain pine benches and unadorned walls echo
  the tradition of humility and piety.
Plain and unadorned, the ground floor provides little hint of the splendors
  above.
Their first prayer houses were unadorned rooms rented in dreary downtown
  tenements.
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