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[awr-neyt] /ɔrˈneɪt/
elaborately or sumptuously adorned, often excessively or showily so:
They bought an ornate Louis XIV sofa.
embellished with rhetoric; florid or high-flown:
an ornate style of writing.
Origin of ornate
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin ornātus well-equipped, adorned, orig. past participle of ornāre to equip; see -ate1
Related forms
ornately, adverb
ornateness, noun
unornate, adjective
unornately, adverb
unornateness, noun
1. showy, ostentatious; rich, lavish. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ornate
  • It was an ornate space, with a decorated ceiling and red tiled floor.
  • It was really ornate with the ivory keys peeling off.
  • Beyond the ornate gate, only a few outbuildings and the charred corner of his mansion survive.
  • Other designers use computer software to perfect ornate hand drawings that appear far removed from the digital world.
  • There was nothing soaring about his oratory, nothing ornate or mellifluous.
  • It's astonishing to have such ornate refinement in the middle of the stark landscape.
  • It's not overly ornate-the drinks and bartending are the stars.
  • Today's school choice discussion is weighed down with ornate words written by people who have never experienced it.
  • Large, ornate civic buildings often merit a lawn, because they cannot be visually comprehended close up.
  • His prose was wordy and ornate but also sharp-edged and funny, packing the punch of an old-style broadside.
British Dictionary definitions for ornate


heavily or elaborately decorated
(of style in writing) overembellished; flowery
Derived Forms
ornately, adverb
ornateness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin ornāre to decorate
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Word Origin and History for ornate

early 15c., from Latin ornatus "fitted out, furnished, supplied; adorned, decorated, embellished," past participle of ornare "adorn, fit out," from stem of ordo "order" (see order (n.)). Earliest reference is to literary style. Related: Ornately; ornateness.

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