One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Dressed up or decorated gaudily.‘a dress bedizened with resplendent military medals’
- ‘The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet and bedizened with gold and jewels and pearls.’
- ‘The sparkling, bedizened, colourful Khan army had started marching nonetheless, spears and scimitars held high, saluting the sun.’
- ‘The Japanese General Homma, licked to a standstill and dead by his own hand, was a handful of ashes in a bedizened shrine.’
- ‘The spiritual heart of a Vegas Christmas is the perfectly cone-shaped, 60-foot synthetic tree in front of Caesars Palace, bedizened with 216,510 lights.’
Mid 17th century: from be- (as an intensifier) + obsolete dizen ‘deck out’, probably of Dutch origin.
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