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Definition to decorate — especially a person
  • The women adorned themselves with shell necklaces.
adorned = decorated
  • Flowers adorned all the tables.
  • adorned = decorated
  • When the Nazis usurped the swastika, she stopped using it to adorn her sculptures.
  • adorn = decorate
  •   Bob's tail makes me dizzy and confused. It has meanings within meanings, like human words. "I am sad," it says. "I am happy." It says, "Beware! I may be tiny, but my teeth are sharp."
      Gorillas don't have any use for tails. Our feelings are uncomplicated. Our rumps are unadorned.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • unadorned = not decorated
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unadorned means not and reverses the meaning of adorned. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • There were also precious stones, gold masks adorned with red and white feathers, and stone statues embedded with jewels.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • Flower boxes adorn the windows, foaming over with geraniums.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • She opened the casement to get a better view of the garlands and posies that adorned it.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • When she'd served all the Danes and the lesser Geats, she stood, red hair flowing, her neck and arms adorned in gold, by the leader of the strangers.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • There was a visiting cardinal in the glorious tasselled hat which still adorns the notepaper of Wolsey's College at Oxford.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Then he worked three more years to adorn them with uniforms and equipment.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • A return after long wanderingswas the inscription adorning the stone above Franz's grave.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Ornate bows adorned the backs of chairs.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • And now, they were hers, but the tresses that should have adorned the coveted adornments were gone.
    O. Henry  --  The Gift of the Magi
  • The only adornment was a bit of lace at the neck and jet buttons down the front.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • The speech of the land is grass and trees; the adornment is beasts and birds.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • It was white, gauzy, and light, adorned with one long stream of green and blue tulle running along the right side.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • He needed Transito Ariza then as he never had before, he needed her wise words, her head of a mock queen adorned with paper flowers.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • The presidential seal seems to adorn every fixture.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • His shoes were polished, his nails were clean, his hat was well brushed, and a white handkerchief adorned his breast pocket.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • It is the room's only adornment.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent

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