adorn

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English aournen (late adornen), from Old French aorner (Middle French adorner), from Latin adōrnāre, present active infinitive of adōrnō; from ad +‎ ōrnō (furnish, embellish). See adore, ornate.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /əˈdɔɹn/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˈdɔː(ɹ)n/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)n

Verb[edit]

adorn (third-person singular simple present adorns, present participle adorning, simple past and past participle adorned)

  1. To make more beautiful and attractive; to decorate.
    a man adorned with noble statuary and columns
    a character adorned with every Christian grace
    a gallery of paintings was adorned with the works of some of the great masters
    • Bible, Isa. lxi. 10
      as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels
    • Goldsmith
      At church, with meek and unaffected grace, / His looks adorned the venerable place.

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Noun[edit]

adorn

  1. (obsolete) adornment
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Adjective[edit]

adorn

  1. (obsolete) adorned; ornate
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