[uh-dawr-uh-buh l, uh-dohr-]

Origin of adorable

From the Latin word adōrābilis, dating back to 1605–15. See adore, -able
Related formsa·dor·a·ble·ness, a·dor·a·bil·i·ty, nouna·dor·a·bly, adverbun·a·dor·a·ble, adjectiveun·a·dor·a·ble·ness, nounun·a·dor·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for adorability


  1. very attractive; charming; lovable
  2. rare deserving or eliciting adoration
Derived Formsadorableness, nounadorably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for adorability



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.

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