Meaning of ADORN in English


əˈdȯ(ə)rn, -ȯ(ə)n transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English adornen, from Middle French adorner, from Latin adornare, from ad- + ornare to furnish, embellish — more at ornate


a. : to make pleasing or attractive

b. : to add to the pleasantness, attractiveness, splendor, or beauty of

a competence … adorned by an unexcelled brilliance of vivid expression — A.H.Johnson

c. : to point up, highlight, or set off to advantage the pleasantness, attractiveness, splendor, or beauty of

the simplicity with which great composers adorn their works — Warwick Braithwaite

2. : to decorate with or as if with external ornamentation

as a bride adorns herself with her jewels — Isa 61:10 (Revised Standard Version)

3. : to deck out or dress up especially with a resultant sham splendor

garish gin palaces that adorn all the suburbs — S.P.B.Mais


decorate , ornament , embellish , beautify , deck , bedeck , garnish : to adorn signifies to give a certain attractiveness or beauty to (especially to something already quite attractive) by being associated with, physically or otherwise, or by adding something beautiful to

the painters who adorned the Minoan palaces with lovely frescoes — V.G.Childe

her feet, stockingless, and adorned rather than clad in blue-satin slippers — Scott Fitzgerald

To decorate , often interchangeable with adorn , generally implies the adding of something of color or interest to relieve plainness or monotony

the music was brief, gracefully decorated with trills and curlicues — Time

pathways, decorated with ornamental trees and shrubs — Tom Marvel

To ornament implies a decorating by means of something extraneous, as an adjunct or accessory

columns ornament the front entrance — American Guide Series: Maine

To embellish , stressing more the act of an agent than an effect, suggests strongly the adding of superfluous or adventitious ornamental elements

Gothic cathedrals … embellished, both inside and out, with grinning gargoyles — Lytton Strachey

To beautify is to make relatively beautiful, especially by neutralizing, masking, or transforming a certain plainness or ugliness

salt cedars and oleanders have been planted to beautify the highway — American Guide Series: Texas

To deck or bedeck implies the addition of something which contributes to gaiety, interest, splendor, or sometimes gaudiness

deck the halls with boughs of holly

he was as fine as any prince, ablaze with jewels, bedecked with yards of snowy lace and fine embroidery — Frank Yerby

bedecked with cheap finery

To garnish implies a decorating with something small but bright and attractive as a final touch in preparation for use or service

a steak garnished with parsley

the old-fashioned polemical sermon … garnished with quotations in Greek — Van Wyck Brooks

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