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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On another occasion, lilac sugar flowers were rushed in from France to decorate a cake that demanded precisely such adornments. András Szántó, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Budapest Is Europe's Unlikely Capital of Hedonism," 29 Aug. 2018 Most of them took jewelry and other personal adornments to their graves: strands of ostrich eggshell or vibrantly colored stone beads, hippopotamus ivory rings or bangles, or headpieces made from latticed arrangements of animal teeth. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists explore East Africa’s ancient monumental cemeteries," 21 Aug. 2018 Otherwise, adornments are minimal, allowing the music and vocals to be the stars. Laura Collins-hughes, New York Times, "Review: Joyously Rediscovering ‘Songs for a New World’," 28 June 2018 Mills swirls chocolate icing on the body of the nail then, then dots each nail with a variety of pearl-like adornments. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "Edible Chocolate Nails Are Now a Thing—Because Not Biting Your Nails Wasn't Hard Enough Already," 6 Dec. 2016 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

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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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