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[uh-dawrn-muh nt]
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  1. something that adds attractiveness; ornament; accessory: the adornments and furnishings of a room.
  2. ornamentation; embellishment: personal adornment.
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Origin of adornment

1470–80; adorn + -ment; replacing late Middle English aournement < Middle French
Related formsnon·a·dorn·ment, nounpre·a·dorn·ment, nounre·a·dorn·ment, nounself-a·dorn·ment, nounsu·per·a·dorn·ment, nounun·a·dorn·ment, noun
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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).

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