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[awr-nuh-men-tey-shuh n, ‐muh n‐] /ˌɔr nə mɛnˈteɪ ʃən, ‐mən‐/
the act of ornamenting.
the state of being ornamented.
something with which a thing is ornamented; embellishment.
ornaments collectively.
Origin of ornamentation
1850-1855 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • One of the methods of ornamentation is that of tattooing the body.

    Oriental Women Edward Bagby Pollard
  • The ornamentation on this cross is very perfect and beautifully executed.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • ornamentation, when it does begin to appear, arises at first in a strictly practical and unintentional manner.

    Falling in Love Grant Allen
  • The ornamentation usually denotes the period when they were constructed.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • The area of the background, in its relation to that used for ornamentation or "filling," cannot be predetermined with exactness.

    Industrial Arts Design William H. Varnum
  • The mermaids are the only portion of the ornamentation that was cast.

  • This ornamentation might be extended to the turrets of the inner walls.

  • His boots were small and fairly new, and not over adorned with ornamentation.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
Word Origin and History for ornamentation

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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