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This page has 10 definitions of ornament in English, Catalan, Valencian, and Norwegian Bokmål. Ornament is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use ornament in a sentence are shown. Also define these 17 related words and terms: element, decoration, Christmas tree, music, musical, flourish, melodic, harmonic, decorate, Christianity, church, service, biology, characteristic, decorative, function, and ornament.
English ornament definition
From Middle English ornament, from Old French ornement, from Latin ornamentum (“equipment, apparatus, furniture, trappings, adornment, embellishment”), from ornāre, present active infinitive of I equip, adorn. The verb is derived from the noun.
- An element of decoration; that which embellishes or adorns.
- 1864, Alfred Tennyson, “Aylmer’s Field”, in Enoch Arden, &c., London: Edward Moxon & Co., […], OCLC 879237670, page 51:
- Dust are our frames; and, gilded dust, our pride / Looks only for a moment whole and sound; / Like that long-buried body of the king / Found lying with his urns and ornaments, / Which at a touch of light, an air of heaven, / Slipt into ashes and was found no more.
- 2012 March 1, Brian Hayes, “Pixels or Perish”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 106:
- Drawings and pictures are more than mere ornaments in scientific discourse. Blackboard sketches, geological maps, diagrams of molecular structure, astronomical photographs, MRI images, the many varieties of statistical charts and graphs: These pictorial devices are indispensable tools for presenting evidence, for explaining a theory, for telling a story.
- A Christmas tree decoration.
- (music) A musical flourish that is unnecessary to the overall melodic or harmonic line, but serves to decorate or "ornament" that line.
- (Christianity, in the plural) The articles used in church services.
- (biology) A characteristic that has a decorative function (typically in order to attract a mate)
Decorative definitionThat serves to decorate
Function definitionWhat something does or is used for. (1 of 10 function definitions)
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- To decorate.
- We will ornament the windows with trim to make the room seem brighter.
- To add to.
- The editor ornamented his plain writing, making it fancier but less clear.
|present tense||past tense|
|2nd-person singular||ornament, ornamentest*||ornamented, ornamentedst*|
|3rd-person singular||ornaments, ornamenteth*||ornamented|
|* Archaic or obsolete.|
- ornament in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- ornament in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.
Catalan ornament definition
- (Balearic) IPA(key): /oɾ.nəˈment/
- (Central) IPA(key): /ur.nəˈmen/
- (Valencian) IPA(key): /oɾ.naˈment/
ornament m (plural ornaments)
- “ornament” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
- “ornament” in Gran Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana, Grup Enciclopèdia Catalana.
- “ornament” in Diccionari normatiu valencià, Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua.
- “ornament” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.
Norwegian Bokmål ornament definition
- an ornament
Norwegian Nynorsk ornament definition
- an ornament
- “ornament” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.