ornamental

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adjective

or·​na·​men·​tal ˌȯr-nə-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce ornamental (audio)
: of, relating to, or serving as ornament
specifically : grown as an ornamental
ornamentally adverb

ornamental

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noun

: a decorative object
especially : a plant cultivated for its beauty rather than for use

Examples of ornamental in a Sentence

Adjective The garden has many ornamental shrubs. the trim on Victorian houses is sometimes elaborately ornamental Noun The garden has many beautiful ornamentals. a collection of fragile ornamentals kept in a glass cabinet
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Larger plants like African Blue (grown more for ornamental then culinary use) may need up to 3 feet of spacing. Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, 11 June 2024 There are 101 rooms and suites, most of which were formed from merging two to three former monk’s quarters, and many feature original doors with ornamental ironwork. Emily Hochberg, Travel + Leisure, 11 June 2024
Noun
While all pumpkins are edible, some varieties are primarily used as ornamentals and others are also good for cooking and baking. Nadia Hassani, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 May 2024 Here evergreen ornamentals such as dwarf cypress and Pittosporum alongside burgundy Loropetalum and heuchera create depth and texture with a cohesive flow. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 16 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for ornamental 

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1595, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1650, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ornamental was in 1595

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“Ornamental.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ornamental. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

ornamental

1 of 2 adjective
or·​na·​men·​tal ˌȯr-nə-ˈment-ᵊl How to pronounce ornamental (audio)
: of, relating to, or serving as ornament
ornamentally adverb

ornamental

2 of 2 noun
: a decorative object
especially : a plant cultivated for its beauty rather than for use

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