- 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.
Origin of adorn
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Examples from the Web for unadorned
Three were unadorned; one bore a wreath, red ribbons, and a name: Adolf Hitler.The Real Monuments Men: The Coronation Chamber of Hitler
February 6, 2014
It is one of the few pure, unadorned dramas to be regularly found in professional life.On Match Day, the Nation’s Medical Students Discover Their Residencies
March 17, 2012
But here, it happens immediately, unadorned by the compassion that comes with years passing.Great Weekend Reads
The Daily Beast
June 5, 2011
The coats retail for $295; the Gap's unadorned women's classic trench sells for just $88.Voilà, Le Gap!
September 24, 2009
But say you had a bunch of tomatoes, and were tired of slicing and sprinkling, and bowing low to the unadorned tomato.The Only Food That Matters
August 18, 2009
They seemed now to be as simple and fresh and natural as the unadorned frocks they wore.The Market-Place
I should like to give the House an unadorned narrative of the incident.
Unadorned statements of fact, or what is meant to be taken as fact, do not satisfy them.General John Regan
George A. Birmingham
The objects of interest are the models pegged to the unadorned walls.
The walls were a flat metallic gray, unadorned and windowless.The Highest Treason
- not decorated; plaina bare unadorned style
- to decorateshe adorned her hair with flowers
- to increase the beauty, distinction, etc, of
Word Origin and History for unadorned
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.