Ornament meaning

ôrnə-mənt
Ornament is defined as to decorate or make beautiful.

An example of ornament is to decorate a house for Easter.

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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.

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(music) A note or group of notes that embellishes a melody.
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Something that decorates or adorns; an embellishment.
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A person considered as a source of pride, honor, or credit.

A singer who is an ornament to the world of opera.

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To be an ornament to.
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(music) A musical flourish that is unnecessary to the overall melodic or harmonic line, but serves to decorate or "ornament" that line.
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Anything serving to adorn; decoration; embellishment; also, a desirable or needed adjunct.
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An adorning or being adorned; ornamentation.
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Something or someone regarded as, or merely as, a decorative accessory.
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Mere external display.
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(music) A tone or tones used to embellish a principal melodic tone.
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To furnish with ornaments or be an ornament to; decorate; beautify.
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​ An element of decoration; that which embellishes or adorns.
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​ To decorate.

We will ornament the windows with trim to make the room seem brighter.

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To furnish with ornaments.

Ornamented the windows with hanging plants.

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​ To add to.

The editor ornamented his plain writing, making it fancier but less clear.

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Origin of ornament

  • Middle English ournement from Old French ornement from Latin ōrnāmentum from ōrnāre to adorn ar- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English ornament, from Old French ornement, from Latin ornamentum (“equipment, apparatus, furniture, trappings, adornment, embellishment”), from ornare (“to equip, adorn”).

    From Wiktionary