or·​na·​men·​ta·​tion | \ˌȯr-nə-mən-ˈtā-shən, -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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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 The only ornamentation is what Clifford has scrawled on the office’s dry-erase boards, including a few plays and the start date of the Magic’s training camp. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Steve Clifford discusses Mohamed Bamba and his visit with Aaron Gordon," 23 June 2018 Though stripped of some of its Mediterranean ornamentation, the building is largely intact behind some superficial alterations and could be restored to its original appearance, the report concludes. Andres Viglucci, miamiherald, "Famed for protecting historic buildings, this city wants to bulldoze one. For parking.," 29 June 2018 But her success isn’t a result of ornamentation or affectation. Hector Saldana, San Antonio Express-News, "New album a career peak for singer-songwriter Patricia Vonne," 1 June 2018 Those two sides utilize relatively spare touches of classical ornamentation and feature large windows. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "In N. Broad reversal, Pennsylvania Ballet will demolish historic building," 23 May 2018 Llago layers grays and whites to fashion extraordinarily detailed images: the hard lines of the neoclassical White House, the byzantine curves and ornamentation of the Kremlin, the midcentury-modernist tower on the Plaza de la Revolución. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "At A R E A, it’s transparency and reflection," 23 May 2018 On the housewalk for the first time will be the circa-1885 Stennett House, a classic Victorian with period ornamentation and adaptations for modern living. Felicia Dechter, chicagotribune.com, "Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk features familiar favorites, as well as private homes," 15 May 2018

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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

: something that is added to make something else more attractive


or·​na·​men·​ta·​tion | \ˌȯr-nə-mən-ˈtā-shən \

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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