or·​nate | \ȯr-ˈnāt \

Definition of ornate 

1 : marked by elaborate rhetoric (see rhetoric sense 2b) or florid (see florid sense 1b) 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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The last three people buried there—a man, woman, and child—wore ornate gold, silver, and bronze jewelry to their final resting place. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Israeli tomb contains a tasty surprise: Vanilla extract," 20 Nov. 2018 Based on the iconic ballet, the movie is bound to be dramatic, playful, and extremely ornate. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms"," 4 Sep. 2018 Seated in Helsinki's ornate Gothic Hall, Putin appeared to slouch in his chair and looked off to the side at times on Monday, avoiding eye contact with Trump at the start of their high-profile talks. Ken Thomas And Jonathan Lemire, Fox News, "The wink, the slouch -- the non-verbal cues at the summit," 16 July 2018 The ornate and the sober, the lovingly reclaimed and the state-of-the-art, the one-offs and the series—all meet and mingle here in a happy accretion of faultless good taste. Maria Shollenbarger, ELLE Decor, "An Italian Design Firm Transforms Discreet-but-Luxe Kitchens with a Timeless Florentine Aesthetic," 18 Oct. 2018 Distinctive and ornate, the building’s main feature is what’s touted as the world’s largest refractor telescope — with a 40-inch lens, 63-foot tube and total weight of 20 tons. Ted Gregory, chicagotribune.com, "U. of C.'s Yerkes Observatory has been a cherished icon for decades. Now it's for sale, and people are nervous," 5 July 2018 The ornate Jacob Reed Building, site of the former flagship store on Chestnut Street, is now a CVS Pharmacy. Bonnie L. Cook, Philly.com, "Peter M. Marziano, 88, men's clothier and president of Jacob Reed's Sons," 13 Apr. 2018 The works are staged in one of the most ornate buildings Downtown — the former Indiana Theatre movie palace. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 Today, these ornate, opulent black lacquer screens adorn the salons of private apartments at 31 Rue Cambon. Vogue, "Chanel’s Wearable Coromandels: A First Look at the House’s New High Jewelry Collection," 28 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of ornate

: covered with decorations : covered with fancy patterns and shapes

: using many fancy words


or·​nate | \ȯr-ˈnāt \

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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