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adorable

[uh-dawr-uh-buh l, uh-dohr-] /əˈdɔr ə bəl, əˈdoʊr-/
adjective
1.
very attractive or delightful; charming:
What an adorable hat!
2.
worthy of being adored.
Origin of adorable
1605-1615
From the Latin word adōrābilis, dating back to 1605-15. See adore, -able
Related forms
adorableness, adorability, noun
adorably, adverb
unadorable, adjective
unadorableness, noun
unadorably, adverb
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  • "Ever since you were an adorable darling of four years," I assured her.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • Ah, what an adorable woman she was, and how I love to recall her to my memory!

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • These adorable, kind, amusing people actually admired it, and said so.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • Meg was adorable with her children and surpassed herself in the telling of stories.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • And there stood Beth adorable in her perplexity, conjuring both of him to speak.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
British Dictionary definitions for adorable

adorable

/əˈdɔːrəbəl/
adjective
1.
very attractive; charming; lovable
2.
(rare) deserving or eliciting adoration
Derived Forms
adorableness, noun
adorably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for adorable
adj.

1610s, from French adorable, from Latin adorabilis "worthy of worship," from adorare (see adore). Weakened sense of "delightful, charming" is recorded from 1710. Related: Adorably; adorableness.

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