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ornamentation

[awr-nuh-men-tey-shuh n, ‐muh n‐] /ˌɔr nə mɛnˈteɪ ʃən, ‐mən‐/
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
1850-1855
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Examples from the web for ornamentation
  • 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.
  • Scientists have long puzzled over the sometimes bizarre ornamentation found on dinosaurs.
  • Their pottery is varied in form and attractive in its ornamentation.
  • Fair trade production of surface ornamentation on garments and textiles.
  • The style is recognizable for its heavy ornamentation, energetic use of lines, and eclecticism.
  • Tombstones range from small markers with little or no ornamentation, to monumental markers with elaborately carved figures.
  • Design is inseparable from the article to which it is applied, and cannot exist alone merely as a scheme of ornamentation.
Word Origin and History for ornamentation
n.

1839, noun of action from ornament (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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