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 British parliament and the Royal family have called Vaughtons to make ornate regalia. Bryan Campbell, Forbes, "How Do You Upgrade A $2 Million Electric Hypercar? Call Vaughtons," 28 Apr. 2021 John and Lipa, accompanied by a choir and a violinist, sang in the middle of an ornate lobby. Los Angeles Times, "Dua Lipa and Elton John light up the virtual edition of his annual Oscars party," 26 Apr. 2021 The striking Beaux-Arts design features a pink Tennessee marble staircase leading to an ornate rotunda and a 307-foot dome -- the nation's tallest -- painted with gold leaf. CNN, "From Brutalist Boston to Modernist Palm Springs, America's most eye-catching city halls," 21 Apr. 2021 Victorians typically would have ornate tiles around the fireplace opening that would terminate at the wood mantel. BostonGlobe.com, "Ask the Remodeler: A misfit hearth, flooring gaps, and wall removal," 18 Apr. 2021 Its simple shape doesn't compete with pattern-rich bedding and the ornate French nightstand. Caylin Harris, Better Homes & Gardens, "Scandinavian Style and French Antiques Fill Michelle Adams' Charming 1950s Home," 15 Apr. 2021 The main space includes the open-concept kitchen, dining and living area under ornate plaster arches, as well as a powder room, storage area and another outdoor space. Meg St-esprit, WSJ, "For One Pittsburgh Homeowner, a Church-Turned-Condo is Heaven on Earth," 15 Apr. 2021 Its dark wood paneling, ornate fireplace mantle and other fixtures were removed and used to re-create its vintage interior there. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Red Fox Steakhouse to reopen without beloved jazz player," 19 Apr. 2021 Because the dress was so ornate, Sue Jin made sure her accessories and bouquet were simple. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Indian and Korean Traditions Came Together at This Micro-Wedding in Palm Beach," 16 Apr. 2021

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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 15 May. 2021.

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ornate

adjective

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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