ornament

noun
or·​na·​ment | \ ˈȯr-nə-mənt How to pronounce ornament (audio) \
plural ornaments

Definition of ornament

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : a useful accessory
2a : something that lends grace, beauty, or festivity holiday ornaments
b : a manner or quality that adorns
3 : one whose virtues or graces add luster to a place or society
4 : the act of adorning or being adorned
5 : an embellishing note not belonging to the essential harmony or melody

called also embellishment, fioritura

ornament

verb
or·​na·​ment | \ ˈȯr-nə-ˌment How to pronounce ornament (audio) \
ornamented; ornamenting; ornaments

Definition of ornament (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to provide with ornament : embellish

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Verb

adorn, decorate, ornament, embellish, beautify, deck, garnish mean to enhance the appearance of something by adding something unessential. adorn implies an enhancing by something beautiful in itself. a diamond necklace adorned her neck decorate suggests relieving plainness or monotony by adding beauty of color or design. decorate a birthday cake ornament and embellish imply the adding of something extraneous, ornament stressing the heightening or setting off of the original a white house ornamented with green shutters , embellish often stressing the adding of superfluous or adventitious ornament. embellish a page with floral borders beautify adds to embellish a suggestion of counterbalancing plainness or ugliness. will beautify the grounds with flower beds deck implies the addition of something that contributes to gaiety, splendor, or showiness. a house all decked out for Christmas garnish suggests decorating with a small final touch and is used especially in referring to the serving of food. an entrée garnished with parsley

Examples of ornament in a Sentence

Noun She wore a hair ornament. The columns are there purely as ornament—they have no structural function. Verb flower patterns used to ornament boxes delicate crystal figurines ornament the mantel over the fireplace
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Each ornament is a three-dimensional design, with a tarnish-resistant gold finish. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Main Street Medina welcomes summer to the square," 18 June 2020 Another treat is the replica of the official White House Blue Room Christmas tree, which is adorned with 347 gold ball ornaments, each hand-painted by a National Parks artisan to reflect park treasures. Deborah Fleck, Dallas News, "17 fun things to do the week of Jan. 3-9 in Dallas-Fort Worth," 2 Jan. 2020 The model posed next to a Christmas that was tree dripping with ornaments dressed in a tie-dye long-sleeve shirt, white jeans, and sneakers. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Bella Hadid, Julia Fox, and More," 21 Dec. 2019 That’s how many minutes the Wisconsin State Assembly spent debating a resolution insisting that the tree decorated with ornaments in the Capitol rotunda be called a Christmas tree. Khary Penebaker, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After 40 years, the pain of the empty chair at Christmas still haunts a Milwaukee family torn by gun violence," 19 Dec. 2019 But the tombs’ true treasures may actually be the foreign-looking ornaments and jewelry found within. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Artifacts in Gold-Lined Tombs Hint at Ancient Greek Trade Relationships," 18 Dec. 2019 According to The Oakland Press, the Christmas tree is either taken down completely, or decorated with only purple, green and yellow ornaments, while people eat from their own King cake. Annie O’sullivan, Woman's Day, "What Is 3 Kings' Day? It's Tied To the Christmas Season," 13 Dec. 2019 Decorated with ornaments, ribbons maybe some glitter your cat is most likely planning its destruction but a tree is a Christmas holiday essential. Laraib Hashmi, Houston Chronicle, "Holiday season stirs debate over Christmas tree types," 9 Dec. 2019 Nai’vasha decorated the updo with the cool ornaments and needless to say the musical ponytail was a hit. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Alicia Keys Rocked A Musical Ponytail And Its A Masterpiece," 6 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The second-floor master suite incorporates a bedroom with new oak floors, a bow window and a walk-in closet with mirrored doors ornamented with etched glass. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "$2.2 Million Homes in California, the District of Columbia and New York," 13 May 2020 In the 1920s, Cleveland’s wealthy lined Shaker Boulevard in Shaker Heights and Fairmount Boulevard in Cleveland Heights with richly ornamented, neo-Tudor or neoclassical mansions that openly flaunt the wealth of their owners. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Appreciating the modernist houses of architect Jack Bialosky Sr.: space, light, and the quiet modesty of suburban Jewish assimilation," 3 May 2020 This is the basic three-color version of the bread plate, but there was also a six-color variant and a version ornamented with opaque maiolica glazes. Catherine Bindman, The New York Review of Books, "Teapots, Silver, and Tapestry: The Met’s New British Galleries," 17 Apr. 2020 Hardy even adds an internal rhyme, thrush/thus, to ornament the terminal ones. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, "Reading Thomas Hardy’s ‘The Darkling Thrush’ at Year’s End," 19 Dec. 2019 But at the very least, locals can create their own holiday wonderland by decorating their homes, hanging twinkle lights, and ornamenting a Christmas tree. Taylor Seely, azcentral, "Valley 101 podcast: Where do real Christmas trees in Arizona come from? Do they grow here?," 2 Dec. 2019 Get with the program at Java & Jam in downtown Fort Lauderdale where the halls will be decked and drinks properly ornamented for Miracle On Las Olas: Christmas Cocktail Bar, open at 5 p.m. nightly through Jan. 2. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "Thanksgiving Weekend preview: Champagne, Beer and Fried Oreos Edition," 26 Nov. 2019 There was one room known as ‘the House of Gold’ for being entirely ornamented from top to bottom in that metal. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian, "The Hidden City of Myanmar," 21 Nov. 2019 The theater, renovated in 1897 by William H. English’s son, William E. English, featured two balconies that allowed for clear viewing of the spectacular arched proscenium that was ornamented in gold-and-white fresco work. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "The English Hotel and Opera House was the grand lady of Monument Circle," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of ornament

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1650, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ornament

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French urnement, ornement, from Latin ornamentum, from ornare

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Time Traveler for ornament

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The first known use of ornament was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

30 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ornament.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ornament. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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ornament

noun
How to pronounce ornament (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ornament

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small, fancy object that is put on something else to make it more attractive
formal : a way to make something look more attractive and less plain

ornament

verb
How to pronounce ornament (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ornament (Entry 2 of 2)

formal : to make (something) more attractive by adding small objects to it

ornament

noun
or·​na·​ment | \ ˈȯr-nə-mənt How to pronounce ornament (audio) \

Kids Definition of ornament

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something that adds beauty : decoration a Christmas tree ornament

ornament

verb
or·​na·​ment | \ ˈȯr-nə-ˌment How to pronounce ornament (audio) \
ornamented; ornamenting

Kids Definition of ornament (Entry 2 of 2)

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