- 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.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- 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: OFr ornement from Classical Latin ornamentum from ornare, to adorn (akin to ordinare: see ordain)
- ornamenter noun
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- 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.
- 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: Middle English ournement, from Old French ornement, from Latin ōrnāmentum, from ōrnāre, to adorn; see ar- in Indo-European roots.
- orˈna·mentˌer noun