- The definition of adorn means to decorate or add beauty to a person or thing.
Adding ornaments to a Christmas tree is an example of a way to adorn.
- to be an ornament to; add beauty, splendor, or distinction to
- to put decorations on; ornament
Origin of adornMiddle English adornen (altered after L) ; from Old French aourner ; from Classical Latin adornare ; from ad-, to + ornare, to fit out: see ornament
transitive verba·dorned, a·dorn·ing, a·dorns
- To lend beauty to: flowers adorned the walkway.
- To enhance or decorate with or as if with ornaments: “[He] requires the presence of titles to legitimate and adorn &ellipsis; his imperfect status” (Cynthia Ozick).
Origin of adornMiddle English adornen, from Old French adourner, from Latin adōrnāre : ad-, ad- + ōrnāre, to decorate; see ar- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present adorns, present participle adorning, simple past and past participle adorned)
- To make more beautiful and attractive; to decorate.
- a man adorned with noble statuary and columns
- a character adorned with every Christian grace
- a gallery of paintings was adorned with the works of some of the great masters
- (obsolete) adornment