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ornament definition

Overview

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.

See also: Ornament

English ornament definition

Etymology

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.

Pronunciation

  • (noun)
  • (verb)
    • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɔː(ɹ)nəmənt/, /ˈɔː(ɹ)nəˌmɛnt/
    • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɔɹnəmənt/, /ˈɔɹnəˌmɛnt/, enPR: ôrʹnə-mənt, ôrʹnə-mĕnt'

Noun

ornament (countable and uncountable, plural ornaments)

  1. 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.
    • 1919, P. G. Wodehouse, My Man Jeeves:
      I'm a bit short on brain myself; the old bean would appear to have been constructed more for ornament than for use.
    • 2012 March 1, Brian Hayes, “Pixels or Perish”, in American Scientist[1], 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.
  2. A Christmas tree decoration.
  3. (music) A musical flourish that is unnecessary to the overall melodic or harmonic line, but serves to decorate or "ornament" that line.
  4. (Christianity, in the plural) The articles used in church services.
  5. (biology) A characteristic that has a decorative function (typically in order to attract a mate)
    • Decorative definition
      That serves to decorate

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Verb

ornament (third-person singular simple present ornaments, present participle ornamenting, simple past and past participle ornamented)

  1. To decorate.
    We will ornament the windows with trim to make the room seem brighter.
  2. To add to.
    The editor ornamented his plain writing, making it fancier but less clear.

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Catalan ornament definition

Etymology

From Latin ornamentum.

Pronunciation

Noun

ornament m (plural ornaments)

  1. ornament

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Norwegian Bokmål ornament definition

Etymology

From Latin ornamentum

Noun

ornament n (definite singular ornamentet, indefinite plural ornament or ornamenter, definite plural ornamenta or ornamentene)

  1. an ornament

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Norwegian Nynorsk ornament definition

Etymology

From Latin ornamentum

Noun

ornament n (definite singular ornamentet, indefinite plural ornament, definite plural ornamenta)

  1. an ornament

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