Adorn vs Arch - What's the difference?

adorn | arch |

In obsolete|lang=en terms the difference between adorn and arch

is that adorn is (obsolete) adornment while arch is (obsolete) a chief.

As verbs the difference between adorn and arch

is that adorn is to make more beautiful and attractive; to decorate while arch is to form into an arch shape.

As nouns the difference between adorn and arch

is that adorn is (obsolete) adornment while arch is (senseid)an inverted u shape or arch can be (obsolete) a chief.

As an adjective arch is

(senseid) knowing, clever, mischievous.




(en verb)
  • To make more beautiful and attractive; to decorate.
  • a man adorned with noble statuary and columns
    a character adorned with every Christian grace
    a gallery of paintings was adorned with the works of some of the great masters
  • * Bible, Isa. lxi. 10
  • as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels
  • * Goldsmith
  • At church, with meek and unaffected grace, / His looks adorned the venerable place.


    * beautify * bedeck * decorate * deck * grace * ornament * prettify * See also


  • (obsolete) adornment
  • (Spenser)


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    (wikipedia arch) (commons)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl), from (etyl) .


  • (senseid)An inverted U shape.
  • An arch-shaped arrangement of trapezoidal stones, designed to redistribute downward force outward.
  • (senseid)(architecture) An architectural element having the shape of an arch
  • Any place covered by an arch; an archway.
  • to pass into the arch of a bridge
  • (archaic, geometry) An arc; a part of a curve.
  • References


  • To form into an arch shape
  • The cat arched its back
  • To cover with an arch or arches.
  • Etymology 2

    From the prefix . "Principal" is the original sense; "mischievous" is via onetime frequent collocation with rogue, knave, etc.


  • (senseid) Knowing, clever, mischievous.
  • I attempted to hide my emotions, but an arch remark escaped my lips.
  • * Tatler
  • [He] spoke his request with so arch a leer.
  • * 1906 , O. Henry,
  • A certain melancholy that touched her countenance must have been of recent birth, for it had not yet altered the fine and youthful contours of her cheek, nor subdued the arch though resolute curve of her lips.
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  • Lassiter ended there with dry humor, yet behind that was meaning. Jane blushed and made arch eyes at him.
  • Principal; primary.
  • * Shakespeare
  • the most arch act of piteous massacre
    Derived terms
    * (l)


  • (obsolete) A chief.
  • * Shakespeare
  • My worthy arch and patron comes to-night.


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