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[uh-dawrn-muh nt] /əˈdɔrn mənt/
something that adds attractiveness; ornament; accessory:
the adornments and furnishings of a room.
ornamentation; embellishment:
personal adornment.
Origin of adornment
late Middle English
1470-80; adorn + -ment; replacing late Middle English aournement < Middle French
Related forms
nonadornment, noun
preadornment, noun
readornment, noun
self-adornment, noun
superadornment, noun
unadornment, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "I think the adornment rested with you and Luttrell," he says, with cutting sarcasm, answering Sir Penthony.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • Originally, clothes were only worn for adornment or for protection against the cold.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • Some worldly bauble, some article of adornment which you had planned to get, which you could do without, and reap pa rich reward.

    A Houseful of Girls Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • I had brought rich materials, jewels and flowers for Rose's adornment.

    The Choice of Life Georgette Leblanc
  • The last occupant of the house was responsible for that adornment.

  • You already carry a red cross: let that be your only adornment.

    Romola George Eliot
  • The fire was the only adornment; all else was cheap, and some of it was tawdry.

  • Everything that heart could desire for comfort or adornment was hers.

Word Origin and History for adornment

late 14c., "act of adorning;" also "a thing which adorns;" from Old French aornement "ornament, decoration," from aorner (see adorn).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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