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adorn

[ uh-dawrn ]
/ əˈdɔrn /
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Definition of adorn

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

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English adornen, from Latin adōrnāre, equivalent to ad- ad- + ōrnāre “to dress” (see ornate); replacing late Middle English aourne, from Middle French, from Latin

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British Dictionary definitions for adorn

adorn
/ (əˈdɔːn) /

verb (tr)
to decorateshe adorned her hair with flowers
to increase the beauty, distinction, etc, of

Derived forms of adorn

adornment, noun

Word Origin for adorn

C14: via Old French from Latin adōrnāre, from ōrnāre to furnish, prepare
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