overornament

verb

over·​or·​na·​ment ˌō-vər-ˈȯr-nə-ˌmen-təd How to pronounce overornament (audio)
overornamented; overornamenting

transitive + intransitive

: to add excessive ornament to (something)
overornament a building's exterior
a tendency to overornament in design

Word History

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overornament was in 1789

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Cite this Entry

“Overornament.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overornament. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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