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

Lynn Myers from Pennsylvania bedecked his Soviet fur hat with Obama pins.
Paranoia on Patriots’ Day John Avlon April 19, 2010

The men are smoking cigars, the women are tanned and bedecked.
Beirut Letter: In Lebanon, Fighting ISIS With Culture and Satire Kim Ghattas September 21, 2014

Banquet tables were bedecked with orchids, candles, and sandalwood fans to prevent sweating in eveningwear.
Donna Karan’s Zen Approach to Cancer Liz Kulze June 14, 2011

And clergy, bedecked in liturgical vestments and stoles, provided leadership and blessing for the nuptials.
The Battle for LGBT Equality Isn’t Over Yet Gene Robinson May 24, 2014

These bedecked creatures are a special kind of impassioned fashion-show guest.
Chanel, Armani, and Givenchy Present Their Haute-Couture Collections in Paris Robin Givhan July 3, 2012

Historical Examples

This person was also long and lean and brown; hard bitten; bedecked with worn brown leather chaps, and wearing a gun.
The Killer Stewart Edward White

She was bedecked with a fortune in pearls and precious stones.
The Story of Don Quixote Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

The bride, bedecked in veil and silken gown, and nervously toying with the flowers in her hair, sat in the adjoin-ing room.
Abraham Lincoln, Volume 1 (of 2) William H. Herndon

He liked the barbaric touch in the many rings which bedecked her fingers.
The Hero William Somerset Maugham

She smiled at him in framework of blue and ermine and pearls—the bedecked, heartless coquette of the pleasure-seeking world.
The Light of the Star Hamlin Garland

(transitive) to cover with decorations; adorn

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


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