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 Trees must have all decorations, ornaments, tinsel, lights and stands removed. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events for the week beginning Dec. 30," 29 Dec. 2019 Most of the discounts pertain to Christmas trees — think faux trees, string lights, tree toppers, and ornaments, all priced at least 40% off. Kelsey Mulvey, Good Housekeeping, "Amazon's Having a Huge Sale on Christmas Decorations Right Now," 26 Dec. 2019 Astier de Villatte Astier de Villatte’s candles, ornaments, and classic white ceramics are all handmade in Paris. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Where to Find the Best Gifts in Paris, According to One French Fashion Insider," 20 Dec. 2019 Try to choose wooden, felt, or paper ornaments—cats won't be as inclined to munch on these. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "People Are Sharing the Best Photos of Their Cats Playing in Christmas Trees," 20 Dec. 2019 Christmas ornaments, Advent calendars, and snow globes galore! Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Shops at Target for Her Christmas Decorations," 18 Dec. 2019 As documented on Haddow’s personal blog, skulls covered with plaster to resemble living people, their eye sockets decorated with cowrie shells and other ornaments, represent just one example of secondary burial rites practiced at Çatalhöyük. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Unearth Beads Made of Human Teeth in Ancient Turkish City," 16 Dec. 2019 Amazon earlier this month took down several products from its website, including Christmas ornaments, that used images of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Walmart apologizes for Christmas snowman sweater with cocaine motif," 9 Dec. 2019 Find out why silver spiders are good luck, check out origami ornaments, or learn about the Holidays of Light, which honors celebrations like Diwali, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, and more. Joseph Hernandez, Condé Nast Traveler, "Christmas in Chicago: 23 Festive Things to Do This Season," 5 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Valley 101 podcast: Where do real Christmas trees in Arizona come from? Do they grow here?," 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, "Thanksgiving Weekend preview: Champagne, Beer and Fried Oreos Edition," 26 Nov. 2019 There was one room known as ‘the House of Gold’ for being entirely ornamented from top to bottom in that metal. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian, "The Hidden City of Myanmar," 21 Nov. 2019 The theater, renovated in 1897 by William H. English’s son, William E. English, featured two balconies that allowed for clear viewing of the spectacular arched proscenium that was ornamented in gold-and-white fresco work. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "The English Hotel and Opera House was the grand lady of Monument Circle," 14 Aug. 2019 The pagoda is lovely, its wide, wooden doors carved with birds and its rafters ornamented with origami pigeons. Ashley Braun, Longreads, "Research and Rescue: Saving Species from Ourselves," 24 Oct. 2019 And so her dining room is ornamented with trailing pothos, ZZ plants and a pink rubber tree. Elizabeth G. Dunn, New York Times, "Momofuku’s Secret Sauce: A 30-Year-Old C.E.O.," 16 Aug. 2019 Ron Wendt Designs imbued the room with a springtime flair, ornamenting cerulean tables with pink peonies and candlelight. Danielle Naer, Vogue, "It Was All Glitz and Glamour at Saks and Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Spring 2019 Ball," 22 May 2019 Her voice was silvery and melodic, each word ornamented with midwestern texture. Clint Smith, The New Republic, "The Sound and Silence of Toni Morrison," 6 Aug. 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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Time Traveler for ornament

Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ornament.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ornamented. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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More Definitions for ornament

ornament

noun
How to pronounce ornament (audio)

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
formal : a way to make something look more attractive and less plain

ornament

verb
How to pronounce ornament (audio)

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

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

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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