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

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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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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