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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
Recent Examples on the Web On one tall, tapered rectangular vase, Pignolet alternates foliate ornamentation with extracts from the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford at the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Don’t tell Elyse Pignolet to ‘calm down.’ How one artist answers sexism with a roar," 23 Oct. 2019 The mix of drones and complex rapid-fire ornamentation with the fretting fingers, coupled with group singing, polyrhythmic hand-clapping and head-nodding grooves translate to deeply hypnotic music. John Adamian, courant.com, "Best bets: Our picks for this week’s concerts in Connecticut," 29 Sep. 2019 The spare design would look right at home in Kim and husband Kanye West‘s famously minimalist Hidden Hills, California, house, which features an all-white palette, and almost no ornamentation. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, "Your House Can Soon Smell like Kim Kardashian West's Thanks to this New Candle," 18 Sep. 2019 The mixture is molded into the shape of a skull, and then decorated with brightly colored ornamentation. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "The Meaning Behind Six Objects on Día de los Muertos Altars," 1 Nov. 2019 Soprano Clara Rottsolk’s clear voice and deft ornamentations were delightful throughout. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Bach Collegium San Diego opens season with a lovely Bach cantata," 12 Oct. 2019 Those that pool or puddle are out, as are swags and other ornamentation. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, "‘French Refreshed’ offers lessons in pared-down sophistication," 14 Nov. 2019 Pattern, design and ornamentation have always been recurring themes in her artwork and are a driving force behind new every creation. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 28 Oct. 2019 These works roam from hyped realism to abstraction to ornamentation, from the fluid stickiness of paint to traditional textiles to the pixelated irregularities of digital scans. BostonGlobe.com, "WELLESLEY — Kanishka Raja, a painter who died last year at 49 from cancer, forcefully and exuberantly made art that dissolved boundaries. The work now feels urgent, and like a salve.," 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of ornamentation

1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ornamentation was in 1706

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4 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ornamentation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ornamentation. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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