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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 The cemetery has many unusual and ornate monuments, ponds, flowering trees, ducks and swans. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Coronavirus hasn't closed everything. Here are 12+ things you can still do in Louisville," 20 Mar. 2020 Modern pieces employ century-old silhouettes and ornate detailing like lace, resulting in garments that feel both yesteryear and entirely new age. Rachel Besser, Vogue, "The New Edwardian: Why Fashion's Gilded Age Is Back," 18 Feb. 2020 An ornate fireplace anchors a far wall in the great room, while sets of French doors in the dining room open to a garden courtyard. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property: P.K. Subban and Lindsey Vonn say ‘I do’ to new L.A. home," 2 May 2020 Marber leant his forehead against the dusky wallpaper, and for the rest of his life would remember the paper’s pattern—an ornate motif picked out in two shades of green. The Economist, "Order and peril Remembering Romek Marber, a master visual craftsman," 2 May 2020 Oh, and of course, commissioner Roger Goodell, who hosted the draft from the basement of his Bronxville, NY, home instead of an ornate stage floating atop the pool of water that features the fountains of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Meet the Auburn grad and behind-the-scenes star who saved the NFL Draft," 28 Apr. 2020 Lookin' like a scene from heaven, Nikita finished off the Biblical look with an ornate cross chain. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Nikita Dragun Wore a Thong Under See-Through Pants and WOW, She Looks Hot," 22 Apr. 2020 This whole exercise is talking about framing, and SPEAKING OF FRAMES, that's an ornate one. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Digital roll call in Wisconsin Assembly gave us a glimpse into lawmakers' home offices. So who has the best setup?," 17 Apr. 2020 In the star destroyer’s hangar bay, ready for war, Ahsoka is greeted by Captain Rex and his 501st Legion, all of whom have painted their helmets with the ornate orange-and-white pattern on Ahsoka’s forehead. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "The Clone Wars recap: The Siege of Mandalore begins," 17 Apr. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ornate. Accessed 27 May. 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.

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ornately adverb
ornateness noun

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