[ uh-dawr-uh-buh l, uh-dohr- ]
/ əˈdɔr ə bəl, əˈdoʊr- /


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 forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for adorableness

  • Why should she have prettiness, and adorableness, and the lyric gift, and such abounding confident youth?

    Leonora|Arnold Bennett

British Dictionary definitions for adorableness


/ (əˈdɔːrəbəl) /


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



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