ornate

adjective
or·​nate | \ ȯr-ˈnāt How to pronounce ornate (audio) \

Definition of ornate

1 : marked by elaborate rhetoric (see rhetoric sense 2b) or florid (see florid sense 1a) style is clear and simple rather than ornate and pompousThe Times Literary Supplement (London)
2 : elaborately or excessively decorated an ornate mantle an ornate townhouse ornate chandeliers

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Other Words from ornate

ornately adverb
ornateness noun

Examples of ornate in a Sentence

She doesn't like ornate jewelry. an ornate gambling casino that is designed to look like an Italian palace
Recent Examples on the Web Law enforcement fanned out across the country to track down and arrest members of the mob and heavily fortified the Capitol, where National Guard troops clad in camouflage uniforms roamed the ornate corridors and patrolled the sidewalks outside. New York Times, "House Sets Impeachment Vote to Charge Trump With Incitement," 11 Jan. 2021 Their Craftsman bungalows were a radical departure from ornate Victorian-era dwellings and were received as a welcomed antidote to industrialization, where machines pushed aside artisans and handmade goods. oregonlive, "Dunthorpe Craftsman sells for $3,675,000, not enough to make the top 10 list of most expensive Portland homes sold in 2020," 4 Jan. 2021 Stefani's ornate Christmas tree-like dress complemented Rubin's velvet green tuxedo for their performance on stage, which transformed into an elf workshop. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Watch Gwen Stefani & Carter Rubin 'Make It Feel Like Christmas' With Their Duet on 'Voice' Finale," 16 Dec. 2020 Now, images of similarly grotesque acts go viral not on postcards or in ornate movie palaces, but on social media; not for titillation, their circulators insist, but as a call for solidarity and social change. Washington Post, "In a year of Black Death, the movies showed us Black Life," 10 Dec. 2020 The king led the crowd in a candlelit tribute to his late father, whose giant image was at the center of the stage set up outside the ornate Grand Palace. Jerry Harmer, Star Tribune, "Thai king leads thousands to remember late father's birthday," 5 Dec. 2020 One set of photos shows us outside the ornate gates of the Palace of Versailles near Paris. Tom Margenau, Dallas News, "Plan ahead: Be prepared before you contact SSA," 22 Nov. 2020 The sculpture, which is part of the ornate facade of an office building, went viral after Antonio Capel posted an image of it on Facebook, according to the Associated Press. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "A botched statue in Spain is gaining global attention," 12 Nov. 2020 Rich history, off-road adventures into otherworldly landscapes, ornate architecture, plus a side of zesty cuisine? Usa Today Travel Team, USA TODAY, "Pandemic wanderlust: 100 places we're yearning to travel in 2021 and beyond," 31 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of ornate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ornate

Middle English ornat, from Latin ornatus, past participle of ornare to furnish, embellish; akin to Latin ordo order — more at order

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“Ornate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ornate. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for ornate

ornate

adjective
How to pronounce ornate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ornate

: covered with decorations : covered with fancy patterns and shapes
: using many fancy words

ornate

adjective
or·​nate | \ ȯr-ˈnāt How to pronounce ornate (audio) \

Kids Definition of ornate

: decorated in a fancy way The traditional costume includes an ornate headdress.

Other Words from ornate

ornately adverb
ornateness noun

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