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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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Examples from the web for adornment
  • Body adornment and decoration have long been a part of human history.
  • The paint may have been used for body adornment or for long-gone artwork.
  • Means, instrument, or agent of an action or process: adornment.
  • They are not fussy or particularly stylish dressers, preferring simple clothing without much adornment.
  • It can be a one-bowl meal, often needing no adornment or flashiness.
  • Frilliness meant femininity, not unnecessary adornment.
  • While seen as adornment by adolescents, they can become a battleground with adults.
  • They eschew personal adornment and follow closely prescribed habits of dress.
  • It is an excellent teaching tool, and adornment, as well.
  • Never intended as mere adornment of buildings or spaces, however, the art provides an amenity for diverse groups of citizens.
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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