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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.
Origin of ornamented
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
Historical Examples
  • It is ornamented with pillars of gold and silver, and with innumerable lamps of the same precious materials.

  • Many of the halls are ornamented with the most magnificent stalactites.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • They were ornamented with bows of bright-colored ribbons, bunches of artificial flowers, and gold and silver tinsel butterflies.

  • It is ornamented within with the dried heads of their enemies.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • Her frock was taupe colored, of a soft woolen material, ornamented with many small buttons.

    The Mystery Girl Carolyn Wells
  • The back of the instrument is made of cocoa-nut shell, ornamented with jewels.

  • He carried no weapon but his sacred taiaha, his tongue-pointed staff of hardwood, ornamented with a plume of red kaka feathers.

  • It is ornamented by gold and silver offerings of trinkets, rings, and bracelets.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • The fellow actually sent back a three-cent and a one-cent postage-stamp, ornamented with the finely-engraved heads!

  • The spring and the bathing-houses are inclosed in a park, ornamented with live-oaks.

    Down South Oliver Optic
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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