[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

Examples from the Web for adorably

Contemporary Examples of adorably

Historical Examples of adorably

  • He now perceived that the creature was not only young but most adorably feminine.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair

  • And how adorably she teases him in those four crosses marked 'These are from Fred.'


    Christopher Morley

  • Her attitude was demure but her smile was adorably mischievous.

    The Trail of Conflict

    Emilie Baker Loring

  • She was the personification of caprice, adorably constructed, and constructed to be adored.


    Edgar Saltus

  • She is adorably capricious, and her style of beauty wears well.

British Dictionary definitions for adorably


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



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