According to Cambridge Dictionary,

Adorable means: used to describe someone or something that makes you love or like them, usually because they are attractive and often small.

I was wondering if I can say: It was an adorable time with my family.

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    It is not a common expression and I doubt attractive and small will be how your listeners interpret it. You had an attractive and small time? It will most like be interpreted as had a wonderful time or something close to that. Maybe, I had a wonderful time with my adorable family.
    – EllieK
    Feb 16, 2022 at 16:26
  • You can use this phrase, and people will understand it as you mean it. Feb 16, 2022 at 16:31
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    @FeliniusRex - What is meant by adorable time? You mean the family was adorable and so the time was also adorable by association. In my experience Time is never adorable. Adorable is almost always associated with some physical traits or behaviors. Time has no such traits or behaviors.
    – EllieK
    Feb 16, 2022 at 16:34
  • This may be too much of an "opinion" question, unfortunately.
    – stangdon
    Feb 16, 2022 at 16:39
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    @FeliniusRex - wonderful <> adorable. We had a chewable time visiting the gum factory, is also clear and grammatical, unfortunately its meaning is muddled and I wouldn't suggest speaking this way.
    – EllieK
    Feb 16, 2022 at 16:45

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I think it's a strange phrase. It's understandable, but it sounds weird, because adorable is usually applied to people or animals or behaviors, or at least concrete nouns, but not times.

If we look at Google Ngrams for nouns used with adorable in the last 20 years, we see that the most common are

  • baby
  • smile
  • child/children
  • face
  • way
  • thing
  • creature
  • girl
  • woman

As you can see, only one, or maybe two, of those (way, thing) is not a concrete noun.

If we compare "adorable time" to "adorable man/thought/table", to use three words that didn't even appear in the first list, we can see that "adorable time" is barely more common than "adorable table"!

If we compare "adorable time" to wonderful, lovely, amazing, fantastic, cute, or charming time, we can see that it is the least common word.

Conclusion: it is just not an idiomatic way to use the word.

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