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 The Gold We Love The original status adornment remains a fixation millennia after the Egyptians first idolized its spiritual qualities. The Editors, Town & Country, "The 2020 Town & Country Jewelry Awards," 17 Jan. 2020 According to a 2010 New York Magazine profile of David Tepper, the Panthers owner and multibillionaire hedge-fund manager has an interesting adornment on his office desk: a set of brass testicles. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Here are the Detroit Lions' best- and worst-case 2020 NFL draft scenarios," 20 Jan. 2020 In addition to the 35-foot Christmas tree towering over Festival Park, be on the look out for festive adornments to the historic Watchmen’s Shed. Record Staff Report, baltimoresun.com, "Christmas Street celebration is this weekend in Aberdeen," 6 Dec. 2019 Choose your favorite, then top the whole look off with a studded lip adornment ($10) perfect to shock the whole family at holiday dinner. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Exclusive: Here's Every Single Item in M.A.C.'s Holiday Collection," 7 Oct. 2019 What message was this arachnid adornment supposed to convey to the nation, and indeed the world? Alexander Smith, NBC News, "Meet Lady Hale, the brooch-wearing justice who delivered a blow to Boris Johnson," 24 Sep. 2019 Hair and makeup artist Orlioh’s skilled hands are to thank for the adornment, while Dingwall’s treasured lens captured Saidi’s unique beauty in such a stunning light. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "What I Double-Tapped This Weekend: Next Level Bejeweled Beauty," 9 Sep. 2019 An update on certain Glendale Unified School District board policies inched closer to formally allowing LGBTQ rights during graduation ceremonies, while also allowing for more religious and cultural adornments. Andrew J. Campa, Glendale News-Press, "Glendale Unified’s cap and gown unofficial gender policy may become policy," 23 July 2019 However, the jangly adornment is more than a fashion statement. Elizabeth Chang, Washington Post, "The best souvenirs to bring home from 10 countries," 2 July 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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The first known use of adornment was in the 15th century

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10 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Adornment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adornments. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for adornment

adornment

noun
How to pronounce adornment (audio)

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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