What does ornament mean?

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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.

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. David Mamet:

    An unidentified man in nailhead denim was fished out of the Chicago River, wrapped in chains locked to a Duesenberg hood ornament.

  2. Alanis Morissette:

    I see my body as an instrument, rather than an ornament.

  3. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    A beautiful smile is the prettiest ornament that you can find. Happiness is the prettiest color for your imaginative mind.

  4. Melania Trump:

    My creative inspiration for the upcoming holiday season is hope, and naturally, Christmas Star embodies this spirit, my hope is for families across the world to use the Christmas Star ornament to inspire their loved ones with positive purpose, aspirations and values as we enter the new year. Melania Trump personally designed the.

  5. Cicero:

    He removes the greatest ornament of friendship, who takes away from it respect.

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