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Princeton's WordNet

  1. decorate, adorn, grace, ornament, embellish, beautifyverb

    make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

    "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day"

  2. deck, adorn, decorate, grace, embellish, beautifyverb

    be beautiful to look at

    "Flowers adorned the tables everywhere"

  3. invest, clothe, adornverb

    furnish with power or authority; of kings or emperors


  1. adornverb

    To make more beautiful and attractive; to decorate.

  2. Etymology: From aournen (late adornen), from aorner (adorner), from adornare, present active infinitive of adorno; from ad + orno. See adore, ornate.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ADORNverb

    Etymology: adorno, Lat.

    He hath cloathed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. Isaiah, lxi. 10.

    Yet ’tis not to adorn and gild each part,
    That shews more cost than art;
    Jewels at nose and lips, but ill appear. Abraham Cowley.

    A gallery adorned with the pictures or statues of the invention of things useful to human life. Abraham Cowley.

    This will supply men’s tongues with many new things, to be named, adorned, and described, in their discourse. Thomas Sprat, History of the Royal Society.

    Thousands there are in darker fame that dwell,
    Whose names some nobler poem shall adorn;
    For, though unknown to me, they sure fought well. Dryd.


  1. Adorn

    Adorn is a song written and recorded by American singer and songwriter Miguel. It was released as the second single from his 2012 studio album Kaleidoscope Dream. The recording was produced by Miguel, who was inspired by his girlfriend and a series of dreams he had prior to writing the song. "Adorn" was released to iTunes on August 7, 2012. It peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number-one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, becoming Miguel's most successful single to date. The song was received positively by critics, being voted the year's second best single in the annual Pazz & Jop poll while earning Miguel three Grammy Award nominations. It was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).


  1. adorn

    To adorn means to make something or someone more attractive or pleasant by adding items of beauty, style or embellishment. This can be applied to a variety of objects or situations, such as clothing, homes, artwork, or even speech and writing.

  2. adorn

    To adorn is to enhance or decorate something or someone in order to make it more attractive, appealing or interesting. This can be done with attractive items, decorations, ornaments, accessories or certain additional elements, or by adjusting something's aesthetic, style or design.

  3. adorn

    To adorn is to enhance or enrich something by adding something of beauty, value, or significance. It typically involves decorating or embellishing to make it more attractive or visually appealing. Adornment can be applied to a wide range of things including oneself (e.g., with jewelry or clothing), a space (e.g., with artwork or furnishings), or even language (e.g., with metaphors or poetic phrases).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adornverb

    to deck or dress with ornaments; to embellish; to set off to advantage; to render pleasing or attractive

  2. Adornnoun


  3. Adornadjective

    adorned; decorated

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Adorn

    ad-orn′, v.t. to deck or dress: to embellish.—n. (Spens.) adornment.—adj. (Milton) adorned, ornate.—n. Adorn′ment, ornament: decoration. [O. Fr. aörner, adorner—L. adornāread, to, ornāre, to furnish.]

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Anagrams for adorn »

  1. NORAD

  2. radon

  3. and/or

  4. andro

  5. drona

  6. donar

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of adorn in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of adorn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of adorn in a Sentence

  1. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    If you want to be really beautiful, adorn yourself with a smile.

  2. Epictetus:

    Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.

  3. Chuck Schumer:

    It is only fitting that his name should adorn a physical institution of the Senate, particularly one that housed the Armed Services Committee.

  4. Firdausi:

    Adorn thy mind with knowledge, for knowledge maketh thy worth.

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