verb (used with object)

to deck out; adorn, especially in a showy or gaudy manner.

Origin of bedeck

First recorded in 1560–70; be- + deck
Related formsun·be·decked, adjective

Synonyms for bedeck Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bedeck

Historical Examples of bedeck

  • “It is in bad taste, to say the least, to bedeck the bride in such a ceremony,” she said cuttingly.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • Advantage was taken of these presents to bedeck the child in every variety of smartness.

    Fasting Girls

    William Alexander Hammond

  • So I shall tell her, and she will not fail to bedeck herself with them.

    Mrs. Vanderstein's jewels

    Mrs. Charles Bryce

  • These people are great hands to bedeck themselves with flowers.

  • We bedeck and bedrape our poetry with trappings without which it is better off.

British Dictionary definitions for bedeck



(tr) to cover with decorations; adorn
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Word Origin and History for bedeck

1560s, from be- + deck (v.). Related: Bedecked; bedecking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper