or·​na·​men·​ta·​tion | \ ˌȯr-nə-mən-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce ornamentation (audio) , -ˌmen-\

Definition of ornamentation

1 : something that ornaments : embellishment
2 : the act or process of ornamenting : the state of being ornamented

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Examples of ornamentation in a Sentence

A bright ribbon was used for ornamentation. a ballroom with elaborate ornamentation

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On @pleasehatethesethings, designer Dina Holland chronicles the bad, the dated, and the ugly of interior design, skewering bizarre trends and unexplainable ornamentation with delightfully searing captions. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Inside Every Interior Designer's Favorite Account on Instagram," 17 May 2019 The detail-heavy and unapologetically pretty look could have made Malek’s all-black suiting seem stark by comparison, but the actor isn’t opposed to ornamentation on his end. Vogue, "Rami Malek and Lucy Boynton Prove Opposites Attract," 11 Apr. 2019 Clapton designed the Lannister Queen's crown for the seventh and eighth seasons to evoke the Lannister Lion emblem, but with sharp lines and sparse ornamentation. Glamour, "Game of Thrones," 12 Apr. 2019 There was often more ornamentation on the exterior, like more ornate molding with trim around the front door, windows, and along the eaves under the roof. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Cape Cod-Style Houses," 9 Nov. 2018 And what is this thing?), but starting in the third generation, more of the monsters started sprouting weird nonsensical spikes and other odd ornamentation. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "“Aren’t you a little too old for that?” Two decades of playing Pokémon," 2 Sep. 2018 One of the defining pieces of the design is the Queen Anne chair, an armchair with curved lines, minimal ornamentation, a cushioned seat, and cabriole legs. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Traditional Design," 12 Oct. 2018 What is remarkable about this style is that ornamentation and detail, although sparingly used, became a distinctive part of the style. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "So What Is Dutch Colonial Style, Anyway?," 23 Oct. 2018 Pieces in the exhibition highlight Valentino's intricate techniques and trademark themes of ornamentation, geometric and animal prints. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "All Ages of Valentino: Past, Present, and Future," 14 June 2010

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First Known Use of ornamentation

1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of ornamentation

somewhat formal : something that is added to make something else more attractive


or·​na·​men·​ta·​tion | \ ˌȯr-nə-mən-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce ornamentation (audio) \

Kids Definition of ornamentation

1 : the act or process of decorating : the state of being decorated
2 : something that adds beauty

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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