Definition of adorable in US English:

adorable

adjective

  • Inspiring great affection; delightful; charming.

    ‘I have four adorable Siamese cats’
    ‘she looked just adorable’
    • ‘For now, she's just a kitten, and one of the most adorable ones we've ever come across.’
    • ‘Shy, charming and adorable, she bounded over to hug Nandita Das as soon as the actor walked in.’
    • ‘It is easy to let a Shih Tzu take advantage of you, particularly when it is so cute and adorable.’
    • ‘They have a stunning house, two adorable children and a legion of supportive friends.’
    • ‘Well, for one thing, they are cute and adorable and are less active as compared to dogs.’
    • ‘He's adorable, about two years old, part Maaori with a halo of light brown curls.’
    • ‘There were dozens of cats around, one or two of which were absolutely adorable.’
    • ‘Shari developed her talent and her mom thought her little angel was adorable in a tutu and tights!’
    • ‘Jack was an adorable well-mannered, gentle boy who had an extraordinary presence that could light up a room.’
    • ‘Then every now and then she sleeps on me or she cuddles me and purrs and nuzzles and she's totally adorable.’
    • ‘She told me it was adorable… clothes for little girls and matching clothes for their dolls as well.’
    • ‘They make him look so sweet and adorable and well, that's a total misconception if you really know Jake.’
    • ‘The Steiffe range has adorable teddy bear motifs down the legs of the shorts, or the arms of tops and as a logo on T-shirts.’
    • ‘Lizzie was a most adorable and good person who possessed a caring and loving personality.’
    • ‘In the afternoon I go to see the zebras and check on the two new foals which were born just a few days ago - they're adorable.’
    • ‘Not to worry - this adorable little guy is going to have no trouble finding fabulous new owners, I am sure.’
    • ‘The kittens are absolutely adorable and it seems a shame that I can't get anyone to come out and take them away.’
    • ‘It means I get to have the company of this adorable eccentric woman for longer.’
    • ‘Yeah, but people expect me to be all… quiet and sensitive and sweet and adorable.’
    • ‘Gillian showed me just a small sample of the many adorable letters and pictures they receive from children each year.’
    lovable, appealing, charming, cute, sweet, enchanting, bewitching, captivating, engaging, endearing, dear, darling, precious, delightful, lovely, beautiful, attractive, gorgeous, winsome, winning, fetching, pleasing
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Origin

Early 17th century (in the sense ‘worthy of divine worship’): from French, from Latin adorabilis, from the verb adorare (see adore).

Pronunciation

adorable

/əˈdôrəb(ə)l//əˈdɔrəb(ə)l/