ornament

noun
or·​na·​ment | \ ˈȯr-nə-mənt How to pronounce ornament (audio) \
plural ornaments

Definition of ornament

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : a useful accessory
2a : something that lends grace, beauty, or festivity holiday ornaments
b : a manner or quality that adorns
3 : one whose virtues or graces add luster to a place or society
4 : the act of adorning or being adorned
5 : an embellishing note not belonging to the essential harmony or melody

called also embellishment, fioritura

ornament

verb
or·​na·​ment | \ ˈȯr-nə-ˌment How to pronounce ornament (audio) \
ornamented; ornamenting; ornaments

Definition of ornament (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to provide with ornament : embellish

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Verb

adorn, decorate, ornament, embellish, beautify, deck, garnish mean to enhance the appearance of something by adding something unessential. adorn implies an enhancing by something beautiful in itself. a diamond necklace adorned her neck decorate suggests relieving plainness or monotony by adding beauty of color or design. decorate a birthday cake ornament and embellish imply the adding of something extraneous, ornament stressing the heightening or setting off of the original a white house ornamented with green shutters , embellish often stressing the adding of superfluous or adventitious ornament. embellish a page with floral borders beautify adds to embellish a suggestion of counterbalancing plainness or ugliness. will beautify the grounds with flower beds deck implies the addition of something that contributes to gaiety, splendor, or showiness. a house all decked out for Christmas garnish suggests decorating with a small final touch and is used especially in referring to the serving of food. an entrée garnished with parsley

Examples of ornament in a Sentence

Noun She wore a hair ornament. The columns are there purely as ornament—they have no structural function. Verb flower patterns used to ornament boxes delicate crystal figurines ornament the mantel over the fireplace
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There is a lot of pressure to bring the perfect ornament to this Christmas party every year. Julie Beck, The Atlantic, 6 Aug. 2021 Rooms appear tall and spacious in the subdued earth tone color scheme, while tables and countertops are largely left bare -- aside from the odd ornament or desk lamp. Leah Dolan, CNN, 3 Aug. 2021 When assembled, the Lego T2 is 13.5 inches long, 5.5 inches wide, and 6.0 inches high, a good size for a desk or home-office ornament. Laura Sky Brown, Car and Driver, 14 July 2021 In the middle of the 20th century, when many of the world’s prominent architects strove to eradicate ornament, Carlo Scarpa built a career on his eye for precision, material and, above all, place. New York Times, 2 Aug. 2021 It is covered by an octagonal-shaped roof and topped by a golden ornament shaped like an onion. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 30 July 2021 Webster’s work has long been more than a shelf ornament. Jess Mchugh, Time, 9 June 2021 The donor also receives a lace sewing machine ornament. courant.com, 4 June 2021 Out of over 250 new ornaments, one of the most popular selections this year is the Baby Yoda ornament, which features Grogu from The Mandalorian sitting atop a Stormtrooper helmet. Christina Butan, PEOPLE.com, 11 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Baroque Hôtel d’Ecquevilly, built in 1638 as a private residence for a Parisian aristocrat, was later the home of Louis XV’s master of the hunt, who commissioned the elaborate bas-reliefs of boars and dogs that still ornament its exterior. New York Times, 7 Sep. 2021 The picture that has emerged is of an aging emperor, surrounded by a harem of nubile women paid to ornament his dinner table, boost his ego, and dance around in their underpants. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 The second-floor master suite incorporates a bedroom with new oak floors, a bow window and a walk-in closet with mirrored doors ornamented with etched glass. Julie Lasky, New York Times, 13 May 2020 In the 1920s, Cleveland’s wealthy lined Shaker Boulevard in Shaker Heights and Fairmount Boulevard in Cleveland Heights with richly ornamented, neo-Tudor or neoclassical mansions that openly flaunt the wealth of their owners. Steven Litt, cleveland, 3 May 2020 This is the basic three-color version of the bread plate, but there was also a six-color variant and a version ornamented with opaque maiolica glazes. Catherine Bindman, The New York Review of Books, 17 Apr. 2020 Hardy even adds an internal rhyme, thrush/thus, to ornament the terminal ones. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, 19 Dec. 2019 But at the very least, locals can create their own holiday wonderland by decorating their homes, hanging twinkle lights, and ornamenting a Christmas tree. Taylor Seely, azcentral, 2 Dec. 2019 Get with the program at Java & Jam in downtown Fort Lauderdale where the halls will be decked and drinks properly ornamented for Miracle On Las Olas: Christmas Cocktail Bar, open at 5 p.m. nightly through Jan. 2. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of ornament

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1650, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ornament

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French urnement, ornement, from Latin ornamentum, from ornare

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The first known use of ornament was in the 13th century

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“Ornament.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ornament. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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ornament

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ornament

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small, fancy object that is put on something else to make it more attractive
: a way to make something look more attractive and less plain

ornament

verb

English Language Learners Definition of ornament (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (something) more attractive by adding small objects to it : decorate

ornament

noun
or·​na·​ment | \ ˈȯr-nə-mənt How to pronounce ornament (audio) \

Kids Definition of ornament

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something that adds beauty : decoration a Christmas tree ornament

ornament

verb
or·​na·​ment | \ ˈȯr-nə-ˌment How to pronounce ornament (audio) \
ornamented; ornamenting

Kids Definition of ornament (Entry 2 of 2)

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