adornment

noun
adorn·​ment | \ ə-ˈdȯrn-mənt How to pronounce adornment (audio) \

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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Meghan wears a black and white dress that looks vaguely reminiscent of a French maid costume and Katharine wears a pixie-like green ensemble, complete with fake leaf adornments. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Katharine McPhee Shares an Adorable Throwback Picture of Meghan Markle's Youth Theater Days," 2 Feb. 2019 Johnathan Dahl, left, and Brian Delaurenti with various beard adornments. Thomas Vinciguerra, WSJ, "The Perils of Christmas Beard Decorations: ‘The Lights Got Tangled Up in My Shirt’," 21 Dec. 2018 Her delight in clothing and adornment is never a distraction from her art, but instead an intrinsic part of it. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Behind the Personal Branding of Frida Kahlo," 18 June 2018 Glitter, floral adornments, and faux freckles are rarely involved. Devon Abelman, Allure, "See K-Pop Group GOT7's Best Hair and Makeup Looks from the New "Lullaby" Music Video," 17 Sep. 2018 Original French Provincial homes ranged from large but modest farmhouses to country estates of wealthy aristocrats, so the level of adornment and detailing varied, but most of the revival homes air on the grand, detailed side. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "French Provincial Design Has Always Set the Bar For Casual Elegance," 11 Jan. 2019 The Lover’s Knot tiara is quite the adornment, containing 19 diamond arches decorated with 38 drop-pearls. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The History Behind Kate Middleton’s Stunning State Banquet Jewels," 23 Oct. 2018 The inspiration behind all McKnight’s imaginative feather adornments? Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This Paris Runway Will Change the Way You Think About Bangs," 26 Sep. 2018 Wedding flowers are imbued with enough good feeling, Davis, 66, believes, that their stalks and petals can easily morph from Saturday night decoration to sick-room adornment. Alfred Lubrano, Philly.com, "Wedding flowers from Saturday night repurposed to brighten the lives of seniors, patients by Sunday morning," 3 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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The first known use of adornment was in the 15th century

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adornment

noun

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

adornment

noun
adorn·​ment | \ ə-ˈdȯrn-mənt How to pronounce adornment (audio) \

Kids Definition of adornment

: something added to make a person or thing more attractive

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