verb (used with object)
Origin of adorn
Examples from the Web for adorn
The chances that portraits of Daud and Saleh al-Kuwaiti will ever adorn a 200-shekel bill seem slim.
His imagery does more than adorn; it also helps swiftly clinch a character for the reader.
Yet I think you do right in returning to the society which you were destined to adorn.Wild Western Scenes|John Beauchamp Jones
Undoubtedly, it is God's arrangement that women should beautify and adorn the home.Betty's Battles|S. L. M.
With scissors in hand she raided the flower-beds for lady-slippers and clove-geranium with which to adorn the table.My Actor-Husband|Anonymous
I hope you will adorn our literature with many more beautiful compositions similiar to Brass Nuckles.Mince PieAuthor: Christopher Darlington MorleyRelease Date: October 10, 2004 [eBook #13694]|Christopher Darlington Morley
Amidst the scrolls of arabesque foliage which adorn it, appear the arms of the principal Portuguese nobility.Italy; with sketches of Spain and Portugal|William Beckford
British Dictionary definitions for adorn
Word Origin for adorn
Word Origin and History for adorn
late 14c., "to decorate, embellish," also "be an ornament to," from Old French aorner "to order, arrange, dispose, equip; adorn," from Latin adornare "equip, provide, embellish," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + ornare "prepare, furnish, adorn, fit out," from stem of ordo "order" (see order (n.)). The -d- was reinserted by French scribes 14c., in English from late 15c. Related: Adorned; adorning.