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bedeck

[bih-dek]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to deck out; adorn, especially in a showy or gaudy manner.

Origin of bedeck

First recorded in 1560–70; be- + deck
Related formsun·be·decked, adjective

Synonyms

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array, decorate, ornament; beautify, enhance.
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Examples from the Web for bedecked

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • Every house was hung with red and bedecked with flags and mottoes.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for bedecked

bedeck

verb
  1. (tr) to cover with decorations; adorn
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for bedecked

bedeck

v.

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

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