ornamentation

[awr-nuh-men-tey-shuhn, ‐muhn‐]
noun
1.
the act of ornamenting.
2.
the state of being ornamented.
3.
something with which a thing is ornamented; embellishment.
4.
ornaments collectively.

Origin:
1850–1855

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ornament
 
n
1.  anything that enhances the appearance of a person or thing
2.  decorations collectively: she was totally without ornament
3.  a small decorative object
4.  something regarded as a source of pride or beauty
5.  music any of several decorations, such as the trill, mordent, etc, occurring chiefly as improvised embellishments in baroque music
 
vb
6.  to decorate with or as if with ornaments
7.  to serve as an ornament to
 
[C14: from Latin ornāmentum, from ornāre to adorn]
 
ornamen'tation
 
n

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ornamentation
1851, from ornament.
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Example sentences
Yet it is masterly in its way, competent to its purposes and free from obscurity or over-ornamentation.
Ornamentation is the principal part of architecture, considered as a subject of
  fine art.
In many of these animals, the skull was thickened to create lumps of reinforced
  bone or strange ornamentation.
All that surface ornamentation levitates the terraces.
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