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[uh-dawr-uh-buh l, uh-dohr-] /əˈdɔr ə bəl, əˈdoʊr-/
very attractive or delightful; charming:
What an adorable hat!
worthy of being adored.
Origin of adorable
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for adorable
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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


very attractive; charming; lovable
(rare) deserving or eliciting adoration
Derived Forms
adorableness, noun
adorably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for adorable

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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