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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.
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. 2014.
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Examples from the web for adornments
  • Here the adornments of extreme wealth are tantalizingly displayed.
  • Every suitor of the nineteenth century spends more than his spare cash on personal adornments.
  • Guest rooms feature modern décor with a flourish of tropical adornments.
  • Around the world, clothing and adornments distinguish people and cultures.
  • Their adornments seem shockingly conspicuous, but they blend well when hiding amid the exotic reef colors.
  • In the parlor, the principal adornments are two saddles, each in a corner on a sawhorse.
  • Watch out for invasive species in adornments to wreaths and dried arrangements.
  • The long beautiful feathers of whooping cranes were fashionable adornments to hats and other clothing.
  • Gold and silver crowns and other adornments in precious metals and precious stone are often found on these statues.
  • Her stories are simple narratives, devoid of linguistic or stylistic adornments, but full of indignation and concern.
Word Origin and History for adornments



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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