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verb (used with object)
  1. to decorate or add beauty to, as by ornaments: garlands of flowers adorning their hair.
  2. to make more pleasing, attractive, impressive, etc.; enhance: Piety adorned Abigail's character.

Origin of adorn

1325–75; Middle English adornen < Latin adōrnāre, equivalent to ad- ad- + ōrnāre to dress (see ornate); replacing late Middle English aourne < Middle French < Latin
Related formsa·dorn·er, nouna·dorn·ing·ly, adverbnon·a·dorn·er, nounnon·a·dorn·ing, adjectiveo·ver·a·dorn, verb (used with object)o·ver·a·dorned, adjectivepre·a·dorn, verb (used with object)re·a·dorn, verb (used with object)re·a·dorn·ing, adjectiveself-a·dorn·ing, adjectivesu·per·a·dorn, verb (used with object)un·a·dorned, adjectivewell-a·dorned, adjective


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1. beautify; deck, bedeck; bedizen, array.
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British Dictionary definitions for unadorned


  1. not decorated; plaina bare unadorned style


verb (tr)
  1. to decorateshe adorned her hair with flowers
  2. to increase the beauty, distinction, etc, of
Derived Formsadornment, noun

Word Origin

C14: via Old French from Latin adōrnāre, from ōrnāre to furnish, prepare
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Word Origin and History for unadorned


1630s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of 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.

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