- The definition of ornate is heavily decorated, very elaborate or showy.
An example of something ornate is a costume covered in diamonds, glitter, feathers and pieces of silver.
A carnival dancer wearing an ornate costume.
- heavily ornamented or adorned, often to excess
- showy or flowery, as some literary styles
Origin of ornateMiddle English ; from Classical Latin ornatus, past participle of ornare: see ornament
- Elaborately, heavily, and often excessively ornamented.
- Elaborate or showy, as in style: ornate rhetoric.
Origin of ornateMiddle English, from Latin ōrnātus, past participle of ōrnāre, to embellish; see ar- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more ornate, superlative most ornate)
(third-person singular simple present ornates, present participle ornating, simple past and past participle ornated)
From Latin ornatus, past participle of ornare (“to equip, adorn").