From Middle English adornen, adournen, from Latin adōrnāre, present active infinitive of adōrnō; from ad + ōrnō (“furnish, embellish”). See adore, ornate. Replaced earlier Middle English aournen (“to adorn”) borrowed from Old French aorner, from the same Latin source.
- 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
- 1770, Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village
- At church, with meek and unaffected grace, / His looks adorned the venerable place.
- 1980, Robert M. Jones, editor, Walls and Ceilings, Time-Life Books, →ISBN, page 38:
- Durable, water-resistant and easy to clean, tiles have adorned Persian mosques, Moorish palaces and the parlors of Dutch burgers.
- (obsolete) adorned; ornate
- 1667, John Milton, “(please specify the book number)”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: […] [Samuel Simmons], […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
- And to realities yield all her shows:
Made so adorn for thy delight the more