ornament[or′nə mənt; for v., -ment′]
- The definition of an ornament is a decoration, or a person who adds luster to society, or the process of decorating.
- An example of an ornament is a star on a Christmas tree.
- An example of an ornament is a young man who is determined as a hero and a good example to other young men in an organization.
- Ornament is defined as to decorate or make beautiful.
An example of ornament is to decorate a house for Easter.
A Christmas tree covered with ornaments.
- anything serving to adorn; decoration; embellishment; also, a desirable or needed adjunct
- a person whose character or talent adds luster to the surroundings, society, etc.
- an adorning or being adorned; ornamentation
- mere external display
- Music a tone or tones used to embellish a principal melodic tone
Origin of ornamentOld French ornement ; from Classical Latin ornamentum ; from ornare, to adorn (akin to ordinare: see ordain)
- Something that decorates or adorns; an embellishment.
- A person considered as a source of pride, honor, or credit: a singer who is an ornament to the world of opera.
- Music A note or group of notes that embellishes a melody.
transitive verbor·na·ment·ed, or·na·ment·ing, or·na·ments
- To furnish with ornaments: ornamented the windows with hanging plants.
- To be an ornament to: “The babies ornament her ankles, dangle from her pant legs” (Carolyn Chute).
Origin of ornamentMiddle English ournement, from Old French ornement, from Latin ōrnāmentum, from ōrnāre, to adorn; see ar- in Indo-European roots.
- An element of decoration; that which embellishes or adorns.
- Like that long-buried body of the king / Found lying with his urns and ornaments.
- 1919: P. G. Wodehouse, My Man Jeeves
- I'm a bit short on brain myself; the old bean would appear to have been constructed more for ornament than for use.
- 2012 March 1, Brian Hayes, “Pixels or Perish”, American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 106:
- Drawings and pictures are more than mere ornaments in scientific discourse. Blackboard sketches, geological maps, diagrams of molecular structure, astronomical photographs, MRI images, the many varieties of statistical charts and graphs: These pictorial devices are indispensable tools for presenting evidence, for explaining a theory, for telling a story.
- A Christmas tree decoration.
- (music) A musical flourish that is unnecessary to the overall melodic or harmonic line, but serves to decorate or "ornament" that line.
(third-person singular simple present ornaments, present participle ornamenting, simple past and past participle ornamented)
- To decorate.
- We will ornament the windows with trim to make the room seem brighter.
- To add to.
- The editor ornamented his plain writing, making it fancier but less clear.