[uh-dawr-uh-buh l, uh-dohr-]


very attractive or delightful; charming: What an adorable hat!
worthy of being adored.

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. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of adorable

Historical Examples of adorable

  • "Ever since you were an adorable darling of four years," I assured her.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • Ah, what an adorable woman she was, and how I love to recall her to my memory!

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • These adorable, kind, amusing people actually admired it, and said so.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • Meg was adorable with her children and surpassed herself in the telling of stories.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • And there stood Beth adorable in her perplexity, conjuring both of him to speak.

    The Vagrant Duke

    George Gibbs

British Dictionary definitions for adorable



very attractive; charming; lovable
rare deserving or eliciting adoration
Derived Formsadorableness, nounadorably, adverb
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 adorable

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper