or·​na·​men·​ta·​tion ˌȯr-nə-mən-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce ornamentation (audio)
: something that ornaments : embellishment
: 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 Meanwhile, men’s clothing was increasingly associated with tailoring and muted colors and women’s with ornamentation. Alice Robb, Vogue, 29 Nov. 2023 At present, the château shows off elements that date to its medieval origins as well as French Renaissance ornamentation. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 16 Nov. 2023 Such is the case for these Halloween lovers, whose ornamentations prompted intervention from the authorities. Stephanie Sengwe, Peoplemag, 31 Oct. 2023 With the rise of suburban single-family homes and condominium buildings with little ornamentation, homeowners turned to paint as a way to define open-plan living and personalize neutral spaces. Kristen Hartke, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2023 In designing the custom house, Michael Barclay of Barclay Home Design in Clackamas was guided by the horizontal planes, wide eaves and stylized, restrained ornamentation of the Prairie style made famous by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who connected natural elements in homes to their environment. Jeastman, oregonlive, 14 Sep. 2023 For generations, most archaeologists were principally interested in the temple’s epic architecture and the official ornamentation on its walls, which include intricate reliefs of gods and goddesses carved by skilled artisans. Amy Crawford, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 Um usually takes inspiration from ornamentation motifs of traditional patterns of cultural rugs. Julissa James, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2023 The interior has been lovingly restored too, with modern lighting and sound upgrades mostly concealed and the ceiling’s sunburst ornamentation shining in its full glory. Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Ornamentation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ornamentation. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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