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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ADORNING

What ought to be the principal view of a good wife in adorning her person.

And yet one must be a woman to feel what I feel to-day, in unveiling and adorning your beauty.

Emma cried, and he tried to console her, adorning his protestations with puns.

Emma wept, and he tried to console her, adorning his protestations with puns.

There are many doctrines to which this duty of adorning may be made to apply.

The women, especially, were careful in adorning and heightening their charms.

The art of adorning linen was practised from the earliest times.

The adorning of themselves was for this express and particular end.

The women are in the habit of adorning their faces by tattooing.

Such skill, too, as he shows in designing, and in the adorning of gardens!

WORD ORIGIN

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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nounthe act of clothing
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