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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.

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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  1. and/or

  2. radon

  3. andro

  4. NORAD

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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. 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.

  2. Epictetus:

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

  3. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

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

  4. Firdausi:

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

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