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.
The sandwich is made with thick tiles of quality bread and adorned with lettuce and tomato.
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The First Coming, the U.S.-led invasion in 1994 adorned with 20,000 American troops, did not turn out so well.
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Inside, the rustic dinner tables were adorned with colorful tulips.
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You know, just sort of classic, really good filmmaking stuff, adorned with this wonderful style.
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The soldiers had also adorned the bomb with a message: “Dear Taliban, enjoy this!”
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Some banners that adorned it remained in the cathedral till 1586.
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All along the walls were numerous prayer-barrels, adorned with ribbons.
The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ Nicolas Notovitch
There is a beautiful reja here (lattice or grating) by Bartolom, and the altar is adorned with statues of Ferdinand and Isabella.
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So we cleaned and adorned ourselves and groped our way to the Rococo.
Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, November 25, 1914 Various
Every day he led the geese to the sea, and every day Bianchinetta came forth and adorned them with tassels of various colors.
Italian Popular Tales Thomas Frederick Crane
to decorate: she adorned her hair with flowers
to increase the beauty, distinction, etc, of
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.
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. Contemporary Examples His imagery does more than adorn; it also helps swiftly clinch a character for the reader. True Grit: Ross Macdonald Gets His Due Malcolm Forbes August […]
something that adds attractiveness; ornament; accessory: the adornments and furnishings of a room. ornamentation; embellishment: personal adornment. Contemporary Examples Everything was just so very big — and with adornment to boot. Fashion Week Dispatch: Jason Wu and Rag and Bone Erin Cunningham February 7, 2014 The trend for adornment amongst Middle Eastern women is nothing […]
relief ornament applied to a piece. Contemporary Examples Alexander and adorno were doing what they could to save the officer on the passenger side, Liu. ‘Please Don’t Die!’: The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops Michael Daly December 21, 2014 noun Theodor Wiesengrund. 1903–69, German philosopher, sociologist, and music critic. His writings include The Philosophy […]
Cyrille [see-ril] /siˈrɪl/ (Show IPA), 1922–78, African statesman: premier of the Democratic Republic of the Congo 1961–64.