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ornate

[awr-neyt] /ɔrˈneɪt/
adjective
1.
elaborately or sumptuously adorned, often excessively or showily so:
They bought an ornate Louis XIV sofa.
2.
embellished with rhetoric; florid or high-flown:
an ornate style of writing.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin ornātus well-equipped, adorned, orig. past participle of ornāre to equip; see -ate1
Related forms
ornately, adverb
ornateness, noun
unornate, adjective
unornately, adverb
unornateness, noun
Synonyms
1. showy, ostentatious; rich, lavish.
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British Dictionary definitions for un ornate

ornate

/ɔːˈneɪt/
adjective
1.
heavily or elaborately decorated
2.
(of style in writing) overembellished; flowery
Derived Forms
ornately, adverb
ornateness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin ornāre to decorate
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Word Origin and History for un ornate

ornate

adj.

early 15c., from Latin ornatus "fitted out, furnished, supplied; adorned, decorated, embellished," past participle of ornare "adorn, fit out," from stem of ordo "order" (see order (n.)). Earliest reference is to literary style. Related: Ornately; ornateness.

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