ornate

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adjective or·nate \ȯr-ˈnāt\

Definition of ornate

  1. 1 :  marked by elaborate rhetoric (see rhetoric 2b) or florid (see florid 1b) style is clear and simple rather than ornate and pompous — The Times Literary Supplement (London)

  2. 2 :  elaborately or excessively decorated an ornate mantle an ornate townhouse ornate chandeliers

ornately

adverb

ornateness

noun

Examples of ornate in a Sentence

  1. She doesn't like ornate jewelry.

  2. an ornate gambling casino that is designed to look like an Italian palace

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Origin and Etymology of ornate

Middle English ornat, from Latin ornatus, past participle of ornare to furnish, embellish; akin to Latin ordo order — more at order


First Known Use: 15th century


ORNATE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of ornate for English Language Learners

  • : covered with decorations : covered with fancy patterns and shapes

  • : using many fancy words


ORNATE Defined for Kids

ornate

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adjective or·nate \ȯr-ˈnāt\

Definition of ornate for Students

  1. :  decorated in a fancy way The traditional costume includes an ornate headdress.

ornately

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ornateness

noun


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