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

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Sure a few celebrities might push the boundaries with ornate hair accessories or lime green eyeshadow, but most fall squarely in the camp of classically pretty. Glamour, "Met Gala 2019: So Many Celebrities Went Blond for the Night," 7 May 2019 And on top of some groove-worthy musical choices, there have also been a flurry of ornate set pieces and vintage costumes to make these scenes chillingly perfect. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "The Best Musical Moments from "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Part 2," 9 Apr. 2019 Rather than choosing ornate, statement-making footwear, both women have taken a discreet approach to the idea, one that reflects the dress code of a royal on duty. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Meghan Markle Knows How to Navigate No-Fuss Heels With a Baby Bump," 1 Feb. 2019 Every room of this 6-bedroom, 7-bathroom estate is filled with details like ornate chandeliers, intricate tile, carved cabinetry and top-of-the-line materials such as Brazilian quartz and Italian carpet. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Ornate Woodlands mansion listed at nearly $4.5 million," 31 May 2018 Inside this ornate building, everything is covered with elaborate mosaics that tell stories of the Virgin Mary. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Loving Lyon: France’s culinary capital is off the tourist path," 20 Feb. 2019 Its use as an ornate vestibule for those going to the House and Senate was secondary. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "History at the Capitol Rotunda, where McCain's casket will lie in state," 30 Aug. 2018 Like other cars of the era that were meticulously designed with ornate details, his 1958 Impala is like a work of art that captures that era. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "Ray Evernham’s “American Graffiti” car readies for its close up at Charlotte AutoFair | Charlotte Observer," 4 Apr. 2018 The car's ornate details, from the elephants to the interior trim, were carved in reverse by Freeman and cast in molds. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The 6-Wheeled Monster Convertible From "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" Is on eBay," 25 Mar. 2016

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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 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

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ornateness noun

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