adorn

[ uh-dawrn ]
/ əˈdɔrn /

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

1325–75; Middle English adornen < Latin adōrnāre, equivalent to ad- ad- + ōrnāre to dress (see ornate); replacing late Middle English aourne < Middle French < 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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