What does ornament mean?

Definitions for ornament
ˈɔr nə mənt; -ˌmɛnt, -məntor·na·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. decoration, ornament, ornamentationverb

    something used to beautify

  2. decorate, adorn, grace, ornament, embellish, beautifyverb

    make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

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

  3. ornamentverb

    be an ornament to

    "stars ornamented the Christmas tree"


  1. ornamentnoun

    An element of decoration.

  2. ornamentnoun

    A Christmas tree decoration

  3. ornamentnoun

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

  4. ornamentverb

    To decorate.

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

  5. ornamentverb

    To add to.

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ORNAMENTnoun

    Etymology: ornamentum, Lat. ornement, Fr.

    So may the outward shows be least themselves;
    The world is still deceiv’d with ornament. William Shakespeare.

    The Tuscan chief, to me has sent
    Their crown, and ev’ry regal ornament. Dryden.

    No circumstances of life can place a man so far below the notice of the world, but that his virtues or vices will render him, in some degree, an ornament or disgrace to his profession. John Rogers, Serm. 9.

    The persons of different qualities in both sexes, are indeed allowed their different ornaments; but these are by no means costly, being rather designed as marks of distinction than to make a figure. Joseph Addison, on Italy.


  1. ornament

    An ornament is an object used to beautify or enhance the appearance of something. It can refer to decorative objects such as jewelry, embellishments on a garment, accessories on furniture, or decorations on a Christmas tree. It can also refer to additional, often unnecessary details, features, or adornments added to something for the sake of attractiveness or aesthetics. In music, an ornament is a note or series of notes that embellish a melody.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ornament

    or′na-ment, n. anything that adds grace or beauty: additional beauty: a mark of honour: (pl., Pr. Bk.) all the articles used in the services of the church.—v.t. to adorn: to furnish with ornaments.—adj. Ornament′al, serving to adorn or beautify.—adv. Ornament′ally.—ns. Ornamentā′tion, act or art of ornamenting: (archit.) ornamental work; Or′namenter; Or′namentist.—adj. Ornate′, ornamented: decorated: highly finished, esp. applied to a style of writing.—adv. Ornate′ly.—n. Ornate′ness. [Fr. ornement—L. ornamentumornāre, to adorn.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ornament in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ornament in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of ornament in a Sentence

  1. Edmund Burke:

    Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order. It is the Corinthian capital of polished society.

  2. William Wordsworth:

    She was a phantom of delight When first she gleam'd upon my sight A lovely apparition, sent To be a moment's ornament.

  3. Joseph Addison:

    Education is a companion which no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate,no despotism can enslave. At home, a friend, abroad, an introduction, in solitude a solace and in society an ornament.It chastens vice, it guides virtue, it gives at once grace and government to genius. Without it, what is man A splendid slave, a reasoning savage.

  4. Katie McBride Newman:

    She comes very dramatically into the dining room and goes,' Mama, that ornament scared me,' then she bursts into tears.

  5. The Hitopadesa:

    A husband is the chief ornament of a wife, though she have no other ornament; but, though adorned, without a husband she has no ornaments.

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