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adorn definition

Overview

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.

English

Etymology

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.

Pronunciation

Verb

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

Synonyms

Translations

Noun

adorn

  1. (obsolete) adornment
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Adjective

adorn

  1. (obsolete) adorned; ornate
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    • Adorned definition
      simple past tense and past participle of adorn

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