[ bih-dahy-zuh n, -diz-uh n ]
/ bɪˈdaɪ zən, -ˈdɪz ən /

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verb (used with object)

to dress or adorn in a showy, gaudy, or tasteless manner.

Origin of bedizen

First recorded in 1655–65; be- + dizen

Related forms

be·di·zen·ment, nounun·be·di·zened, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bedizen


/ (bɪˈdaɪzən, -ˈdɪzən) /


(tr) archaic to dress or decorate gaudily or tastelessly

Derived Forms

bedizenment, noun

Word Origin for bedizen

C17: from be- + obsolete dizen to dress up, of uncertain origin
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