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

Examples of ornamentation in a Sentence

A bright ribbon was used for ornamentation. a ballroom with elaborate ornamentation
Recent Examples on the Web From a gorgeous ornate sideboard to a simple hand mirror, our items this month show the attention to detail and love of ornamentation that often draw collectors to pieces with age. oregonlive, 4 May 2022 Built in 1926 for the businessman James Daniel Derby and his family, the Glendale, Calif. home is best known for its distinctive façade, designed with concrete ornamentation inspired by Mayan architecture. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 28 Apr. 2022 As the Prairie School of architecture illustrates, horizontal lines, free of excess ornamentation, offer visual relief, unlike so many new houses that seem to take design cues from the Rockies. Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2022 Shaker furniture—highly functional, beautiful without ornamentation—has been having a long moment. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2022 No degree of ornamentation was too absurd, and Nudie suits became de rigueur for country stars. Amanda Petrusich, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Mar. 2022 The extra bit of ornamentation adds character to the living room. Sarah Halverson, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Feb. 2022 But elegant glass designs stand out this season: beakers, distilling apparatus and bewitching ornamentation on the main houses’ doors and windows. Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2022 Sara Little’s ongoing Center for Design in Seattle showcases her work and study artifacts, including body coverings, textiles, dining appointments, ornamentation, and tools for rituals. Paula Rees, Fortune, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ornamentation

1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ornamentation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ornamentation. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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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