This page has 3 definitions of adorn in English. Adorn is a verb, noun and adjective. Examples of how to use adorn in a sentence are shown. Also define these 4 related words and terms: decorate, adornment, adorned, and ornate.
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
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Adorned definitionsimple past tense and past participle of