ornament


1or·na·ment

noun \ˈr-nə-mənt\

: a small, fancy object that is put on something else to make it more attractive

: a way to make something look more attractive and less plain

Full Definition of ORNAMENT

1
archaic :  a useful accessory
2
a :  something that lends grace or beauty
b :  a manner or quality that adorns
3
:  one whose virtues or graces add luster to a place or society
4
:  the act of adorning or being adorned
5
:  an embellishing note not belonging to the essential harmony or melody —called also embellishment, fioritura

Examples of ORNAMENT

  1. She wore a hair ornament.
  2. The columns are there purely as ornament—they have no structural function.

Origin of ORNAMENT

Middle English, from Anglo-French urnement, ornement, from Latin ornamentum, from ornare
First Known Use: 13th century

2or·na·ment

verb \-ˌment\

: to make (something) more attractive by adding small objects to it

Full Definition of ORNAMENT

transitive verb
:  to provide with ornament :  embellish

Examples of ORNAMENT

  1. flower patterns used to ornament boxes
  2. <delicate crystal figurines ornament the mantel over the fireplace>

First Known Use of ORNAMENT

1656

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