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[awr-nuh-men-tid, -muh n-] /ˈɔr nəˌmɛn tɪd, -mən-/
adjective, Typography.
(of a character) highly embellished or ornate; altered by embellishment.
1730-40; ornament + -ed2
Related forms
unornamented, adjective


[n. awr-nuh-muh nt; v. awr-nuh-ment, -muh nt] /n. ˈɔr nə mənt; v. ˈɔr nəˌmɛnt, -mənt/
an accessory, article, or detail used to beautify the appearance of something to which it is added or of which it is a part:
architectural ornaments.
a system, category, or style of such objects or features; ornamentation:
a book on Gothic ornament.
any adornment or means of adornment.
a person or thing that adds to the credit or glory of a society, era, etc.
the act of adorning.
the state of being adorned.
mere outward display:
a speech more of ornament than of ideas.
Chiefly Ecclesiastical. any accessory, adjunct, or equipment.
Music. a tone or group of tones applied as decoration to a principal melodic tone.
verb (used with object)
to furnish with ornaments; embellish:
to ornament a musical composition.
to be an ornament to:
Several famous scientists were acquired to ornament the university.
1175-1225; < Latin ornāmentum equipment, ornament, equivalent to ornā(re) to equip + -mentum -ment; replacing Middle English ornement < Old French < Latin, as above
Related forms
ornamenter, noun
overornament, verb (used with object)
reornament, verb (used with object)
superornament, noun
superornament, verb (used with object)
1. embellishment. 3, 5. decoration. 10, 11. decorate, adorn, grace. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ornamented
  • Every inch was ornamented to catch the light-and the czar's attention.
  • As a group, dinosaurs were certainly well-ornamented animals.
  • Sadly, though, some of the media coverage of this well-ornamented dinosaur has been less than stellar.
  • The style is notable for its highly intricate, ornamented facades.
  • The inside of his shop was ornamented with two mathematically correct lines of shining coffins up one side and down the other.
  • The arrivals hall is ornamented with broad-leafed pot plants and wrought iron grilles.
  • Bases were windowless boxes ornamented with chain link and razor wire.
  • Illustrated with copper plates, and ornamented with a portrait of the author.
  • Its back was corrugated and ornamented with ungainly bosses, and a greenish incrustation blotched it here and there.
  • They ornamented their bodies and buried their dead with elaborate grave goods, presumably to serve them in an afterlife.
British Dictionary definitions for ornamented


noun (ˈɔːnəmənt)
anything that enhances the appearance of a person or thing
decorations collectively: she was totally without ornament
a small decorative object
something regarded as a source of pride or beauty
(music) any of several decorations, such as the trill, mordent, etc, occurring chiefly as improvised embellishments in baroque music
verb (transitive) (ˈɔːnəˌmɛnt)
to decorate with or as if with ornaments
to serve as an ornament to
Derived Forms
ornamentation, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin ornāmentum, from ornāre to adorn
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Word Origin and History for ornamented



early 13c., "an accessory," from Old French ornement "ornament, decoration," and directly from Latin ornamentum "apparatus, equipment, trappings; embellishment, decoration, trinket," from ornare "equip, adorn" (see ornate). Meaning "decoration, embellishment" in English is attested from late 14c. (also a secondary sense in classical Latin). Figurative use from 1550s.


1720, from ornament (n.). Middle English used ournen (late 14c.) in this sense, from Old French orner, from Latin ornare. Related: Ornamented; ornamenting.

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Encyclopedia Article for ornamented


in architecture, any element added to an otherwise merely structural form, usually for purposes of decoration or embellishment. Three basic and fairly distinct categories of ornament in architecture may be recognized: mimetic, or imitative, ornament, the forms of which have certain definite meanings or symbolic significance; applied ornament, intended to add beauty to a structure but extrinsic to it; and organic ornament, inherent in the building's function or materials

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