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.
- a·dorn·er, noun
- a·dorn·ing·ly, adverb
- non·a·dorn·er, noun
- non·a·dorn·ing, adjective
- o·ver·a·dorn, verb (used with object)
- pre·a·dorn, verb (used with object)
- re·a·dorn, verb (used with object)
- re·a·dorn·ing, adjective
- self-a·dorn·ing, adjective
- su·per·a·dorn, verb (used with object)
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How to use adorn in a sentence
Clad in a blue, striped button-down, a silver watch adorning his left wrist, Huckabee beams on the cover.Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner! | Olivia Nuzzi | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
A petrified grimace wrinkles the white clay adorning her face.
The images adorning these walls contribute a welcome bout of color to a show dominated by black and white.David Bailey’s ‘Stardust’ Shows a Keen Eye for Fine Faces | Chloë Ashby | February 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Beck takes the stage in blue jeans, sneakers, and a loosened tie adorning his dress shirt.
Mingled in the stew of fabrics were delicate floral prints adorning dresses, pants, and bandaged around bodies.
Jansoulet adorning himself with Jenkins's ribbon might very well have been guilty of illegality.The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
The adorning of themselves was for this express and particular end.Xerxes | Jacob Abbott
Thomas, being summoned, proved to be a tall lad possessing an honest and ingratiating smile, adorning a fair and open countenance.Mrs. Vanderstein's jewels | Mrs. Charles Bryce
I amused myself in adorning them with all the charms of the sex I had always adored.The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Complete | Jean Jacques Rousseau
He is here, adorning, by a life of severe simplicity and divine benevolence, the doctrine he has espoused.Aurelian | William Ware
British Dictionary definitions for adorn
to decorate: she adorned her hair with flowers
to increase the beauty, distinction, etc, of
- adornment, noun
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