EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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.

PronunciationEdit

  • (US) IPA(key): /əˈdɔɹn/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˈdɔː(ɹ)n/
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  • Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)n

VerbEdit

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

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NounEdit

adorn

  1. (obsolete) adornment

AdjectiveEdit

adorn

  1. (obsolete) adorned; ornate

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