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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Kim donned a skintight, white and partially transparent, catsuit for the date, with her outfit featuring glittery adornments. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim and Kanye Celebrated Their Fifth Wedding Anniversary with Celine Dion," 26 May 2019 The actress’s glittering satin adornment extended sideways well past her shoulders and down to her elbows, a bow that had mutated into a pair of wings. Elizabeth Holmes, WSJ, "Can a Grown Woman Wear a Hair Bow?," 13 Feb. 2019 The circular headpiece was completely covered in blue feathers, which resembled butterflies, and featured a thin gold adornment. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Steps Out in a Jewel-Toned Dress at Royal Ascot Today," 20 June 2019 In drawings, Corkery depicts that building with its proper adornment. Cate Mcquaid,, "Artist digs into Bauhaus history at Harvard," 19 June 2019 But Palau’s interpretation today took the idea even further, shaping it into a scene-stealing adornment. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Guido Palau’s Intricate Gelled Hair Stole the Show at Burberry," 17 Feb. 2019 The adornments were created using stereolithography, a 3D printing technique where a structure is constructed layer by layer using a liquid substance that's solidified by a laser. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Deepika Padukone Stunned in a 3D-Printed Princess Dress at the Met Gala," 7 May 2019 For Ivori, makeup, herbs, and oils are tools for adornment, protection, and honoring the self. Dianca London Potts, SELF, "8 Modern Witches Share Their Daily Beauty Rituals," 11 Apr. 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce adornment (audio) \

Kids Definition of adornment

: something added to make a person or thing more attractive

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