adornment

noun
adorn·​ment | \ ə-ˈdȯrn-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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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 This adornment was just one of many subtle details that went into Van Ness’s instantly iconic look. Vogue, "Watch Jonathan Van Ness Prep for His Instantly Iconic Red Carpet Moment at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards," 17 Sep. 2018 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

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of adornment

: something added to make a person or thing more attractive

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