Definition of adorn in English:



  • Make more beautiful or attractive.

    ‘pictures and prints adorned his walls’
    • ‘The Dutch artist/musician Herman Brood used to live above it and his artwork adorns the walls.’
    • ‘Beautiful landscape paintings adorn the walls of the Damle family at Dadar.’
    • ‘The glitzy banner adorning the incomplete wall has four large Chinese characters.’
    • ‘So there were glimpses of china and such that adorned the walls of the Welsh cottage but which have seen little or no daylight here.’
    • ‘She has also produced a large scale mural which now adorns the wall of the LSU.’
    • ‘The ready-made curtains that could adorn the walls of living rooms are an added attraction.’
    • ‘We were led to a corner booth in a room with a colorful mural of what I assume was a Mexican beach adorning the main wall.’
    • ‘A colorful mural adorns the back wall of the building, while another area features a beautifully carved wooden tree.’
    • ‘His wagon box is adorned with hand prints from youngsters at the Children's Hospital.’
    • ‘Already he has his paintings adorning the walls of the Lighthouse Bar and a few homes around the country.’
    • ‘During the Christmas festival each one is adorned with decorations, but not gaudy lights and tinsel.’
    • ‘It's also a fact that in my life I have spent far more on dressing and adorning myself than I ever have on a bed.’
    • ‘His angels were likewise adorned with beautiful garments and wondrous instruments.’
    • ‘The décor was modern, with stylish new paintings for sale adorning the walls.’
    • ‘Inside the rest house, a large photograph of a hunting party with a slain tiger in the foreground adorns the wall.’
    • ‘A plaque commemorating his conservation work in the town adorns a wall on a footpath running beside the River Aire.’
    • ‘A portrait of Eddie, complete with cigar, still adorns one of the walls in the hotel.’
    • ‘Photographs of the school and its pupils in the 1970s also adorned the walls.’
    • ‘Black furnishings, and tens of temple-candle shaped wall lamps adorn the dining area.’
    • ‘I lingered in the hallways for awhile admiring the artistic prints of money adorning the walls.’
    embellish, decorate, furnish, ornament, add ornament to, enhance
    beautify, prettify, grace, enrich, bedeck, trick out, trim, swathe, wreathe, festoon, garland, array, garnish, emblazon, gild, set off
    get up, do up, do out
    bejewel, bedizen, caparison, furbelow
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Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin adornare, from ad- to + ornare deck, add lustre.