adorn

To adorn is to dress something up by decorating it. You might adorn your poncho with fringe or your poodle's dog collar with rhinestones.

Adorn shares some Latin roots with words like ornament and ornate. So it makes sense that some people adorn their Christmas trees with tinsel and lights. Others adorn their eyelids with glitter. In any case, if you want to adorn yourself with all kinds of fabulous baubles, it might be wise to follow Coco Chanel's advice: take at least one accessory off before you walk out the door.

DEFINITIONS OF: adorn

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v make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

Synonyms:
beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
ornament
be an ornament to
Types:
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wreathe
decorate or deck with wreaths
beset, encrust, incrust
decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems)
braid
decorate with braids or ribbons
broider, embroider
decorate with needlework
stick
cover and decorate with objects that pierce the surface
illustrate
supply with illustrations
garland
adorn with bands of flowers or leaves
fledge, flight
decorate with feathers
bespangle, spangle
decorate with spangles
foliate
decorate with leaves
flag
decorate with flags
bard, barde, caparison, dress up
put a caparison on
bead
decorate by sewing beads onto
pipe
trim with piping
applique
sew on as a decoration
gild the lily, paint the lily
adorn unnecessarily (something that is already beautiful)
vermiculate
decorate with wavy or winding lines
smock
embellish by sewing in straight lines crossing each other diagonally
hang
decorate or furnish with something suspended
prank
dress or decorate showily or gaudily
tinsel
adorn with tinsel
tart up
decorate in a cheap and flashy way
stucco
decorate with stucco work
redecorate
redo the decoration of an apartment or house
panel
decorate with panels
bejewel, jewel
adorn or decorate with precious stones
filet, fillet
decorate with a lace of geometric designs
scallop
decorate an edge with scallops
bedizen
decorate tastelessly
dress ship
decorate a ship with flags
dress, garnish, trim
decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods
trim
decorate, as with ornaments
bedeck, bedight, deck
decorate
festoon
decorate with strings of flowers
enamel
coat, inlay, or surface with enamel
inlay
decorate the surface of by inserting wood, stone, and metal
lacquer
coat with lacquer
begild, engild, gild
decorate with, or as if with, gold leaf or liquid gold
illuminate
add embellishments and paintings to (medieval manuscripts)
blazon, emblazon
decorate with heraldic arms
color, colour, emblazon
decorate with colors
fringe
adorn with a fringe
fret
decorate with an interlaced design
landscape
embellish with plants
faggot, fagot
ornament or join (fabric) by faggot stitch
purl
embroider with gold or silver thread
purl
edge or border with gold or silver embroidery
plume
deck with a plume
hatch
inlay with narrow strips or lines of a different substance such as gold or silver, for the purpose of decorating
damascene
inlay metal with gold and silver
japan
coat with a lacquer, as done in Japan
miniate, rubricate
decorate (manuscripts) with letters painted red
miniate
paint with red lead or vermilion
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v be beautiful to look at

“Flowers adorned the tables everywhere”
Synonyms:
beautify, deck, decorate, embellish, grace
Types:
ornament
be an ornament to
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v furnish with power or authority; of kings or emperors

Synonyms:
clothe, invest
Type of:
equip, fit, fit out, outfit
provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose
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