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ornament

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noun or·na·ment \ˈȯr-nə-mənt\

Definition of ornament

  1. 1 archaic :  a useful accessory

  2. 2a :  something that lends grace or beautyb :  a manner or quality that adorns

  3. 3 :  one whose virtues or graces add luster to a place or society

  4. 4 :  the act of adorning or being adorned

  5. 5 :  an embellishing note not belonging to the essential harmony or melody —called also embellishment, fioritura

Examples of ornament in a Sentence

  1. She wore a hair ornament.

  2. The columns are there purely as ornament—they have no structural function.

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Origin and Etymology of ornament

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


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verb or·na·ment \ˈȯr-nə-ˌment\

Definition of ornament

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to provide with ornament :  embellish

Examples of ornament in a Sentence

  1. flower patterns used to ornament boxes

  2. delicate crystal figurines ornament the mantel over the fireplace

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First Known Use of ornament

1650

Synonym Discussion of ornament

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


ORNAMENT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of ornament for English Language Learners

  • : a small, fancy object that is put on something else to make it more attractive

  • : a way to make something look more attractive and less plain

ornament

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Definition of ornament for English Language Learners

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


ORNAMENT Defined for Kids

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noun or·na·ment \ˈȯr-nə-mənt\

Definition of ornament for Students

  1. :  something that adds beauty :  decoration a Christmas tree ornament


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verb or·na·ment \ˈȯr-nə-ˌment\

Definition of ornament for Students

ornamented

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ornamenting

  1. :  decorate 1



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