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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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  • He now perceived that the creature was not only young but most adorably feminine.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair
  • And how adorably she teases him in those four crosses marked 'These are from Fred.'

    Kathleen Christopher Morley
  • Her attitude was demure but her smile was adorably mischievous.

    The Trail of Conflict

    Emilie Baker Loring
  • She was the personification of caprice, adorably constructed, and constructed to be adored.

    Eden Edgar Saltus
  • She is adorably capricious, and her style of beauty wears well.

  • She would blush and stammer, and be adorably embarrassed, of course.

    The Road to Understanding

    Eleanor H. Porter
British Dictionary definitions for adorably


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



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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