Definition of bedizen in English:



[WITH OBJECT]literary
  • Dress up or decorate gaudily.

    ‘a uniform bedizened with resplendent medals’
    • ‘Do you ever suppose that Jesus walked about bedizened in priestly robes and a crown, and with yon jewels on his breast, and a gilt aureole round his head?’
    • ‘It's nice to bedizen the place up every so often.’
    • ‘Fancy a pagne or skirt all formed of little strips of material bedizened with red and black hieroglyphics, stiffened with bitumen, and apparently belonging to a freshly unbandaged mummy.’
    • ‘In her one good scene, a bewigged, bedizened Crawford chases a properly terrified teen away from her quarry, shouting at her.’
    • ‘Thus, near the middle, Semiha Berksoy, a 90-year-old Turkish opera squawker, campily bedizened and reclining on a sofa, is slowly propelled across the stage as a recording of the Liebestod is encroached on by her decrepit screech.’


Mid 17th century: from be- (as an intensifier) + obsolete dizen deck out, probably of Dutch origin.