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 As Monarch, the Queen delivers the speech from the ornate Sovereign's Throne. Phil Boucher, PEOPLE.com, 10 May 2022 Her beautifully embellished dress is a bold Versace look, adorned with ornate crystal embellishments which add hints of baby blue, mint green, and coral orange hues to a layer of brown fabric. Lauren Tappan, Town & Country, 2 May 2022 Dirty French Steakhouse showcases all kinds of extravagance, including multiple rooms with ornate more-is-more Ken Fulk designs and captains wearing pink tuxedos. Andy Wang, Robb Report, 28 Apr. 2022 Kelly also shared a slideshow of images, staring with a shot of himself and Fox from an ornate birthday bash, decorated with balloons and roses in shades of white and pink. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 23 Apr. 2022 If the red carpet turned out to be surprisingly slim on the diadems, a number of other ornate headgear made up for it. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 3 May 2022 They’d been kept waiting, as usual, for more than two hours before the president appeared in the Kremlin’s ornate Ekaterininsky Hall — ample time to consider their fate. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 The cherry wood and busy counters continued in the bathroom along with ornate mirrors and light fixtures. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Apr. 2022 The stunning setup was complete with charcuterie boards, ornate cupcakes, pastel eggs galore, and two tables — one for the kids, and one for the grownups — decorated with roses. Hattie Lindert, PEOPLE.com, 16 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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19 May 2022

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“Ornate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ornate. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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