Definitions for ornamentˈɔr nə mənt; -ˌmɛnt, -mənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

or•na•mentˈɔr nə mənt; -ˌmɛnt, -mənt(n.; v.)-ment•ed, -ment•ing.

  1. (n.)an object or feature intended to beautify the appearance of that to which it is added or of which it is a part; embellishment; decoration.

  2. a group or style of such objects or features; ornamentation.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. any adornment or means of adornment.

  4. a person or thing that adds to the credit or glory of a society, era, etc.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. the act of adorning.

  6. a tone or group of tones applied as decoration to a principal melodic tone.

    Category: Music and Dance

  7. any religious accessory, adjunct, or equipment.

    Category: Religion

  8. (v.t.)to furnish with ornaments; embellish; decorate.

  9. to serve as an ornament to.

Origin of ornament:

1175–1225; ME ornement < OF < L ornāmentum equipment, ornament


Princeton's WordNet

  1. decoration, ornament, ornamentation(verb)

    something used to beautify

  2. decorate, adorn, grace, ornament, embellish, beautify(verb)

    make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

    "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day"

  3. ornament(verb)

    be an ornament to

    "stars ornamented the Christmas tree"


  1. ornament(Noun)

    An element of decoration.

  2. ornament(Noun)

    A Christmas tree decoration

  3. ornament(Noun)

    A musical flourish that are unnecessary to the overall melodic or harmonic line, but serve to decorate or "ornament" that line.

  4. ornament(Verb)

    To decorate.

    We will ornament the windows with trim to make the room seem brighter.

  5. ornament(Verb)

    To add to.

    The editor ornamented his plain writing, making it fancier but less clear.

  6. Origin: From ornament, from ornement, from ornamentum, from ornare.

Translations for ornament

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


something decorative, intended to make a room etc more beautiful

china ornaments.

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