adorn·ment | \ -mənt \

Definition of adornment 

1 : the action of adorning : the state of being adorned

2 : something that adorns

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Examples of adornment in a Sentence

the adornment of the walls with her paintings Her room doesn't have any unnecessary adornments. The entrance to the building has little adornment.
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Some also swear by the cleaner aesthetic achieved by a table set without extra adornments. Allison Steele,, "Why salt shakers disappeared from restaurant tables," 27 June 2018 The Matlins painstakingly selected wood, stone and other adornments. Vivian Marino, New York Times, "A SoHo Triplex on the Market for $65 Million," 14 June 2018 One dinner companion called them boring because of the lack of adornment. Michele Parente,, "3 new restaurants to try in San Diego right now: Monzù, j/wata, An's Dry Cleaning," 5 July 2018 On the runway, Abloh kept things minimal with male models and musicians skipping outsize adornments, but Rihanna’s styling added a glamorous element. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Of Course Rihanna Is the First to Wear Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton," 21 June 2018 If adornments at Faith Connexion and Matty Bovan were created in the punk ethos, Prada went corporate, elevating the utilitarian and ever present office ID card into a personalized fashion accessory. Vogue, "The Big Jewelry News From the Fall 2018 Collections," 23 Mar. 2018 But her assignment included a wide variety of adornments and armor gear, especially for the powerful, elegant female warriors of the Dora Milaje, who are led by actress Danai Gurira's dedicated commander character, Oyoke. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Meet woman who created Wakanda's jewelry for 'Black Panther'," 28 June 2018 Camilla is also reportedly known for wearing the Greville Tiara, another royal adornment that was passed down from Charles' grandma. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Camilla Parker Bowles' Engagement Ring From Prince Charles Has a Fascinating History," 28 June 2018 The look featured a bevy of facial adornments that played off her shimmering Judith Leiber pineapple clutch—and offered a heavy, smile-inducing dose of playfulness. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Lupita Nyong'o's Glittering Facial Jewelry Took a Cue From This Red Carpet Bag," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of adornment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for adornment

Middle English adornement, borrowed from Anglo-French aurnement, from aurner, adourner "to adorn" + -ment -ment

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English Language Learners Definition of adornment

: the act or process of making someone or something attractive by decorating : the act or process of adorning someone or something

: something added to make a person or thing more attractive


adorn·ment | \ ə-ˈdȯrn-mənt \

Kids Definition of adornment

: something added to make a person or thing more attractive

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