ornamental

adjective
or·​na·​men·​tal | \ ˌȯr-nə-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce ornamental (audio) \

Definition of ornamental

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or serving as ornament specifically : grown as an ornamental

ornamental

noun

Definition of ornamental (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from ornamental

Adjective

ornamentally \ ˌȯr-​nə-​ˈmen-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce ornamentally (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for ornamental

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Give ornamental grasses a trim, too, to clear out the dead growth that’s been sitting around all winter. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Clear Decks, Fresh Mulch, Can’t Lose: Our Garden Spring Cleaning Guide," 10 Mar. 2020 The Times’s Winnie Hu reports: There are freshly plucked ornamental grasses by the sink, and four gleaming toilets with sanitary seat covers that rotate between uses with the wave of a hand. Azi Paybarah, New York Times, "Why You Might Need to Line Up for a New Driver’s License," 18 Feb. 2020 They can be found on many fruits, indoor plants, ornamental shrubs, and trees throughout North America. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "The 10 Most Destructive Garden Insects and How to Get Rid of Them," 10 July 2018 The plan commission unanimously approved the site plan Sept. 23, with the amendment that the trees along the south elevation on Main Street be Japanese tree lilacs or another similar ornamental tree, which do not grow into the overhead power lines. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's how the proposed Gehl Foods expansion in Germantown could shape the village," 2 Oct. 2019 The house features mahogany and wormy-chestnut woodwork, ornamental carvings and murals, multiple fireplaces, nine bathrooms, and a bowling alley. TheWeek, "6 gorgeous homes built in the 1920s," 22 Feb. 2020 Those ornamental capitals on top of columns were a way to muffle the violence of a vertical pillar piercing into a horizontal beam or entablature. Anne Quito, Quartz, "What is classical architecture? It’s not exactly what the Trump administration thinks it is," 19 Feb. 2020 Many other small business owners in the lower Alabama area, well known for its ornamental plant industry, did not wish to be featured in this article. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al, "Fewer immigrants and low unemployment have left Mobile area ag businesses in limbo," 19 Feb. 2020 But daisies are still mostly unexplored territory, as are many other edible flowers of ornamental plants. Pam Peirce, SFChronicle.com, "Edible flowers for your garden and dinner table," 7 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While often admired as simply lovely garden ornamentals, sunflowers actually have an amazing variety of uses. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Way To Grow Beautiful (And Useful!) Sunflowers," 11 Apr. 2017 Women’s Club Bare Root Sale: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Select from fruit trees, flowering and weeping ornamentals. oregonlive, "Homes and gardens events around Portland: Antique and Collectible Show, workshops, pruning demos and more," 6 Mar. 2020 The forested German landscape is in the grips of traumatic change, from the brightly flowered Asian ornamentals bursting among the river cane to the dying conifer spending its last energies in a final burst of cones. National Geographic, "Will the skyscrapers of the future be made out of wood?," 13 Jan. 2020 Lawns are in retreat as gardeners want more space for treasured plants, for rain gardens, for pollinator gardens and even as a place to tuck herbs and other culinary plants in with the ornamentals. Washington Post, "Lawns are in retreat. Is suburbia ready for the frontward veggie garden?," 11 Sep. 2019 Equally impressive are his reindeer, either as candy containers or ornamentals. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "Cultural tradition connects the holidays: Yenke Peddler antiques," 5 Dec. 2019 Create separate watering zones for trees, shrubs and other ornamentals. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "April in the garden," 31 Mar. 2018 Related Stories In addition to the above, here are three herbs that do double-duty as edibles and ornamentals in various amounts of shade: Mitsuba (Cryptotaenia japonica) is a perennial herb/vegetable also known as Japanese parsley. Pam Peirce, SFChronicle.com, "Food crops and edible flowers that thrive in the shade," 12 July 2019 Among trees listed on the plans are maples, birch, ginkgoes, white firs and white pine, along with such ornamentals as redbud, dogwood, magnolia and lilacs. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Foxconn factory plan calls for hundreds of trees surrounding concrete and metal walls," 17 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ornamental.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of ornamental

Adjective

1595, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1650, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about ornamental

Time Traveler for ornamental

Time Traveler

The first known use of ornamental was in 1595

See more words from the same year

Statistics for ornamental

Last Updated

26 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ornamental.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ornamental. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for ornamental

ornamental

adjective
How to pronounce ornamental (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ornamental

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: used to make something more attractive : used for decoration

ornamental

noun

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

chiefly US : a plant that is grown for its beauty rather than for its fruit, wood, etc. : an ornamental plant

ornamental

adjective
or·​na·​men·​tal | \ ˌȯr-nə-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce ornamental (audio) \

Kids Definition of ornamental

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: serving to add beauty : decorative The columns are just ornamental.

ornamental

noun

Kids Definition of ornamental (Entry 2 of 2)

: a plant grown for its beauty

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on ornamental

What made you want to look up ornamental? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

March 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • field of crocuses
  • Which is a synonym of rectitudinous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!