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[bih-dek] /bɪˈdɛk/
verb (used with object)
to deck out; adorn, especially in a showy or gaudy manner.
Origin of bedeck
First recorded in 1560-70; be- + deck
Related forms
unbedecked, adjective
array, decorate, ornament; beautify, enhance. Unabridged
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  • Every house was hung with red and bedecked with flags and mottoes.

    The Prisoner of Zenda Anthony Hope
  • She was bedecked with a fortune in pearls and precious stones.

    The Story of Don Quixote

    Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • She had been at a village marriage that morning, and was bedecked in all her finery.

  • He liked the barbaric touch in the many rings which bedecked her fingers.

    The Hero William Somerset Maugham
  • He was naked to the waist and was bedecked with paint and feathers.

    Far Past the Frontier James A. Braden
  • As she drew near it was seen that she was bedecked in the most curious fashion.

    Hendricks the Hunter W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for bedecked


(transitive) to cover with decorations; adorn
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bedecked



1560s, from be- + deck (v.). Related: Bedecked; bedecking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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