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

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By the late 1800s, Victorian, Italianate, and Greek Revival houses were also common, which were larger and more ornate than their colonial predecessors—and their popularity certainly influenced how the Colonial Revival evolved. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Colonial Revival Design," 19 Nov. 2018 With ornate interiors by Studio Peregalli, the swanky eatery brims with his signature bravado. Town & Country, "The Secret Worlds of Milan’s Design Illuminati," 21 Sep. 2018 Lady Xia also took a leopard, a lynx, an Asiatic black bear, a crane, and several domestic animals with her to her very ornate grave in Chang’an, now the city of Shenheyuan in Shaanxi Province. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Extinct gibbon in ancient Chinese tomb hints at other lost primate species," 22 June 2018 Another pair of rooms, the Columbian Suite, exhibits stunningly ornate wood furniture carved by a Carthage, Ill., man for the Illinois building at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "A wreck no more: $15 million renovation makes Illinois’ once-decrepit Executive Mansion shine again," 16 June 2018 The baroque period in Turkish monetary policy will last until June 1st, when the central bank will simplify its equally ornate monetary-policy framework. The Economist, "Turkey’s central bank has streamlined its fight against inflation," 31 May 2018 Featuring a high ruffle neck, billowing off-the-shoulder sleeves, and a full skirt, the ornate gown is an archival runway look from McQueen's Fall 2013 collection, which was designed by current creative director Sarah Burton. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Just Gave Us Another Epic Red Carpet Look in Alexander McQueen," 27 Sep. 2018 Sure a few celebrities might push the boundaries with ornate hair accessories or lime green eyeshadow, but most fall squarely in the camp of classically pretty. Glamour, "Met Gala 2019: So Many Celebrities Went Blond for the Night," 7 May 2019 And on top of some groove-worthy musical choices, there have also been a flurry of ornate set pieces and vintage costumes to make these scenes chillingly perfect. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "The Best Musical Moments from "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Part 2," 9 Apr. 2019

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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

adjective

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.

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ornateness noun

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