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[uh-dawrn-muh nt] /əˈdɔrn mənt/
something that adds attractiveness; ornament; accessory:
the adornments and furnishings of a room.
ornamentation; embellishment:
personal adornment.
Origin of adornment
late Middle English
1470-80; adorn + -ment; replacing late Middle English aournement < Middle French
Related forms
nonadornment, noun
preadornment, noun
readornment, noun
self-adornment, noun
superadornment, noun
unadornment, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Originally, clothes were only worn for adornment or for protection against the cold.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • I had brought rich materials, jewels and flowers for Rose's adornment.

    The Choice of Life

    Georgette Leblanc
  • "One thing more for your adornment and you'll be ready," promised Miss Smith.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb
  • It had gone to Constantinople, he said, for the adornment of the favorite sultana.

  • Here, as in the adornment of the palace, the most splendid lavishness had been employed.

  • The fire was the only adornment; all else was cheap, and some of it was tawdry.

  • The wearer had earned his adornment with the work of his hands.

    Manasseh Maurus Jokai
  • The old simplicity had given way to elegance and luxury of adornment.

    Albert Gallatin John Austin Stevens
Word Origin and History for adornment

late 14c., "act of adorning;" also "a thing which adorns;" from Old French aornement "ornament, decoration," from aorner (see adorn).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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