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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Recent Examples on the Web Piercing mogul, Maria Tash, makes jewelry for any adornment regardless of gender. Daisy Shaw-ellis, Vogue, 7 June 2021 Prior to then, schools generally didn’t permit adornment of caps and gowns. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, 15 May 2021 Her portrait—knees tucked close to her chest, her blond hair framing a shy teenager smile—was the only tabletop adornment in his living room. Longreads, 21 Dec. 2017 The adornment was little, but there was character in Halston’s swirling batik treatments or the aquatic glisten of an uncolored sequin paillette. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 14 May 2021 Mala beads carved from lotus seeds have been used in prayer and adornment for millennia and provide a metaphorical bridge between the prehistoric and the present. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 16 Mar. 2021 The Tongva used them for adornment, ceremony and nourishment. Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2021 After that, early Native Americans used copper mostly for smaller, less utilitarian items associated with adornment, such as beads and bracelets. David Malakoff, Science | AAAS, 19 Mar. 2021 By contrast, language in rap is usually abundant, functioning on the rhetorical principle of copia, which Erasmus defined in 1512 as a practice of amplifying expression through variation, adornment and play. Adam Bradley, New York Times, 4 Mar. 2021

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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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12 Jun 2021

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“Adornment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adornment. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for adornment

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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