verb (used with object)

  1. to decorate or add beauty to, as by ornaments: garlands of flowers adorning their hair.
  2. to make more pleasing, attractive, impressive, etc.; enhance: Piety adorned Abigail’s character.

verb (tr)

  1. to decorateshe adorned her hair with flowers
  2. to increase the beauty, distinction, etc, of

late 14c., “to decorate, embellish,” also “be an ornament to,” from Old French aorner “to order, arrange, dispose, equip; adorn,” from Latin adornare “equip, provide, embellish,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + ornare “prepare, furnish, adorn, fit out,” from stem of ordo “order” (see order (n.)). The -d- was reinserted by French scribes 14c., in English from late 15c. Related: Adorned; adorning.

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