- to decorate or add beauty to, as by ornaments: garlands of flowers adorning their hair.
- to make more pleasing, attractive, impressive, etc.; enhance: Piety adorned Abigail's character.
Origin of adorn
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Examples from the Web for adorn
The chances that portraits of Daud and Saleh al-Kuwaiti will ever adorn a 200-shekel bill seem slim.For My Money, I'll Take the Al-Kuwaitis
May 6, 2013
His imagery does more than adorn; it also helps swiftly clinch a character for the reader.True Grit: Ross Macdonald Gets His Due
August 7, 2012
Never mind; give it all the same; the picture will be of use, and we will adorn our attic with it.The Imaginary Invalid
In his present mood he was inclined to adorn himself with as many of them as possible.A Spirit in Prison
Not even the does and kangaroos that adorn the Park distracted or detained him?The Book of Khalid
She had thought that the young woman would try to adorn her habitation.Therese Raquin
Go back to the lies and hypocrisies of society, and the brainless, mashers who adorn it!The Christian
- to decorateshe adorned her hair with flowers
- to increase the beauty, distinction, etc, of
Word Origin and History for adorn
late 14c., "to decorate, embellish," also "be an ornament to," from Old French aorner "to order, arrange, dispose, equip; adorn," from Latin adornare "equip, provide, embellish," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + ornare "prepare, furnish, adorn, fit out," from stem of ordo "order" (see order (n.)). The -d- was reinserted by French scribes 14c., in English from late 15c. Related: Adorned; adorning.