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/
  • (file)
  • 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
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, [], OCLC 964384981, Isaiah 61:10:
      as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels
    • (Can we date this quote by Goldsmith and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      At church, with meek and unaffected grace, / His looks adorned the venerable place.
    • 1980, Robert M. Jones, editor, Walls and Ceilings, Time-Life Books, →ISBN, page 38:
      Durable, water-resistant and easy to clean, tiles have adorned Persian mosques, Moorish palaces and the parlors of Dutch burgers.

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NounEdit

adorn

  1. (obsolete) adornment
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Edmund Spenser to this entry?)

AdjectiveEdit

adorn

  1. (obsolete) adorned; ornate
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)

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