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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 Hewing to the modern aesthetic, Mr. Jacobsen’s homes lacked ornamentation — no molding, baseboards or trim. Washington Post, "Hugh Newell Jacobsen, award-winning modernist architect, dies at 91," 4 Mar. 2021 For Christian thinking to flourish, Noll argues that evangelicals must be willing to exchange some of the cultural and theological ornamentation that mark their movement for what is truly indispensable. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, "The Wasting of the Evangelical Mind," 4 Mar. 2021 On the Mulan tower, architectural elements like a cherry blossom motif, jade ornamentation, and crossed golden spears symbolize Mulan’s fearless warrior spirit—and the dragon Mushu playfully stands atop her tower, using her finial as a gong. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Things to Know About Hong Kong Disneyland’s New Castle," 22 Dec. 2020 The birds readily nest in boxes in the wild and have striking plumage that seems ideal for testing ideas about the evolutionary point of the ornamentation. Cathleen O’grady, Science | AAAS, "Psychology’s replication crisis inspires ecologists to push for more reliable research," 9 Dec. 2020 Topping pavlova with an uncomplicated yet stunning yogurt, cranberry, pomegranate, currant, and mint leaf ornamentation makes the wreath festive. Dallas News, "Our 13 favorite baking cookbooks of 2020," 3 Dec. 2020 In 1928, the Minneapolis Sunday Tribune ran an astonishing picture (inset) of a massive complex with two 12-story towers flanking a 22-story tower, topped with a riot of Gothic ornamentation. James Lileks, Star Tribune, "The story behind a downtown Minneapolis building that never reached its potential," 23 Nov. 2020 It had been residentially rezoned but heavily proscribed by historical provisions; understandably, no one had had the imagination — or the money — to figure out how to turn it into a home while preserving its original structure and ornamentation. Nancy Hass, New York Times, "A Cape Town Apartment That Speaks to the Past," 13 Nov. 2020 IAC Group is a global supplier of instrument panels, consoles, door panels, overhead systems, bumper fascias and exterior ornamentation for automotive manufacturers. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Auto supplier expanding in two Alabama cities, creating 182 jobs," 19 Oct. 2020

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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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7 Mar 2021

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“Ornamentation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ornamentation. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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