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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 Silent groupies in Pius hoodies stand vigil outside the hospital, where the comatose pope rests in an ornate, echoing chamber, like a living work of art in a Renaissance gallery. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Review: ‘The New Pope’ on HBO: Faith, Hope and Sponge Baths," 12 Jan. 2020 The sidewalks were red brick; the street lamps iron and ornate, their light soft. Longreads, "Jersey Girl," 2 Jan. 2020 Whether identical mirrors hung in a series or one that is large, ornate and bold, mirrors are an inexpensive and attractive alternative to traditional artwork. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "Photos and tips: Try these alternatives to art," 2 Aug. 2019 Elaborate and ornate rituals, referring to his murderer as mother, mark the nine days of revelry. Harish Pullanoor, Quartz India, "We, the permanent villains of Indian mythology, must reclaim our fallen icons," 30 Dec. 2019 Tory Burch sent a vibrant red pouch down her spring 2020 runway, while Louis Vuitton opted for more ornate options. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The Best New Bags of 2020," 26 Dec. 2019 The wardens did find, however, two ornate box turtles and one red-eared slider. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Game wardens search for missing gator, and other field notes from Texas Game Wardens," 20 Dec. 2019 An ornate sword that belonged to a 15th-century warlord in Muslim Spain was digitized in stunning 3-D earlier this year. Fox News, "3,200-year-old sword discovered among the stones of mysterious ancient monument," 19 Dec. 2019 The church, designed by local architect J.W. Gaddis, retains many of its original, ornate features, including limestone accents and decorative metal finials. USA TODAY, "Puppy sleepovers, paisley-patterned botanic garden: News from around our 50 states," 19 Dec. 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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ornate. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ornate

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


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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