AskDefine | Define adorn

Dictionary Definition

adorn

Verb

1 make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.; "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day" [syn: decorate, grace, ornament, embellish, beautify]
2 be beautiful to look at; "Flowers adorned the tables everywhere" [syn: deck, decorate, grace, embellish, beautify]
3 furnish with power or authority; of kings or emperors [syn: invest, clothe]

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English

Etymology

aournen, anournen, adornen, aorner, from aaornare; ad + ornare to furnish, embellish. See adore, ornate.

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. Make more beautiful and attractive; to decorate.
    a lady was adorned with jewels
    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

Translations

Make more beautiful and attractive; to decorate

Extensive Definition

Adorn may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

array, beautify, become one, bedeck, bedizen, bestow honor upon, blazon, color, confer distinction on, convolute, dandify, deck, deck out, decorate, dignify, distinguish, dizen, doll up, dress, dress up, elaborate, embellish, emblazon, embroider, enhance, enrich, fancy up, festoon, fig out, fix up, flourish, furbish, garnish, gild, glamorize, grace, gussy up, heighten, honor, intensify, involve, load with ornament, ornament, overcharge, overlay, overload, paint, prank, prank up, preen, prettify, pretty up, primp, primp up, prink, prink up, redecorate, redo, refurbish, set off, set out, signalize, smarten, smarten up, spruce up, titivate, trick out, trick up, trim, varnish
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