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 Once inside the ornate and refurbished venue, a runway was fashioned in front of the stage, and in between stood a piano — another hint that clothes would be merely part of the story Jean-Raymond planned to tell. Washington Post, "Pyer Moss celebrates black culture with fashion and music," 8 Sep. 2019 The mommy-to-be kept it simple with just her bump and an ornate pair of angel wings. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "City Girls Rapper Yung Miami Looked So Angelic In Her Last Maternity Shoot," 17 Sep. 2019 The tall, narrow back, the flat seat, and the ornate wooden arms are upholstered in a hooked rug with big maroon flowers. BostonGlobe.com, "Beautiful memories from an ugly chair - The Boston Globe," 14 Sep. 2019 Then e-cigarettes showed up, and the kids seemed equally horrified by the Jimmy Buffet dude at a Chesapeake Bay restaurant sucking on an ornate vaping wand that looked like a metal, wizard wand. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Why you should be worried if your teen smells like berries, cotton candy or mint," 12 Sep. 2019 Rows of wooden seats line an area that used to be the balcony, and at least one wall sconce hangs like an ornate sentry. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "There’s new life at Bessemer’s historic Lincoln Theatre, thanks to actor Andre Holland and family," 12 Sep. 2019 Once inside the ornate and refurbished venue, a runway was fashioned in front of the stage, and in between stood a piano — another hint that clothes would be merely part of the story Jean-Raymond planned to tell. NBC News, "Pyer Moss celebrates black culture during Fashion Week," 10 Sep. 2019 Sample Greek specialties at the Athens Central Market, and then continue to the National Archaeological Museum, home to more than 11,000 relics of Greek antiquity, including ornate sculptures, pottery, and jewelry. National Geographic, "Italy and Greece Middle School Expedition," 10 Sep. 2019 And so four nights a week, through six shows, each with five costume changes, Darcelle goes all the way: full makeup, ornate often heavy gowns and big jewelry. oregonlive, "Darcelle is finally having her Portland moment," 10 Sep. 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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The first known use of ornate was in the 15th century

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ornate

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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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