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[awr-nuh-men-tl] /ˌɔr nəˈmɛn tl/
used or grown for ornament:
ornamental plants.
providing ornament; decorative.
of or relating to ornament.
something ornamental; decoration; adornment.
a plant cultivated for decorative purposes.
Origin of ornamental
First recorded in 1640-50; ornament + -al1
Related forms
ornamentality, noun
ornamentally, adverb
nonornamental, adjective
nonornamentally, adverb
nonornamentality, noun
overornamental, adjective
overornamentally, adverb
overornamentality, noun
preornamental, adjective
superornamental, adjective
superornamentally, adverb
unornamental, adjective
unornamentally, adverb Unabridged
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  • There was a governor there, my guide informed me—an ornamental personage, much respected.

    The English in the West Indies James Anthony Froude
  • For an instant, his fingers played with the ornamental bosses.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
  • Papers for the walls and other ornamental things had been left to the choice of herself and her daughters.

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
  • In the choir we have an ornamental pattern of Mr. Gwilt's invention.

  • I intend to set up a shop for ornamental carving, and I want some one to draw patterns.

    The Stillwater Tragedy Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • He led her down the steps and into the ornamental garden, and there they sat down.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • He is not well up in ornamental studies or in Latin, in which he is only in the fourth class.

    The Curse of Education Harold E. Gorst
  • ornamental safety-pins were also found, as shown in following cuts.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
British Dictionary definitions for ornamental


of value as an ornament; decorative
(of a plant) used to decorate houses, gardens, etc
a plant cultivated for show or decoration
Derived Forms
ornamentally, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ornamental

1640s, partly formed in English from ornament (n.) + -al (1); partly from Latin ornamentalis, from ornamentum.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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