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ornamental

[awr-nuh-men-tl] /ˌɔr nəˈmɛn tl/
adjective
1.
used or grown for ornament:
ornamental plants.
2.
providing ornament; decorative.
3.
of or relating to ornament.
noun
4.
something ornamental; decoration; adornment.
5.
a plant cultivated for decorative purposes.
Origin of ornamental
1640-1650
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
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Examples from the Web for ornamental
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  • When the window was new it must have been surmounted in the middle of the arch by an ornamental design.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • To count by miles is a useless and ornamental elegance of civilization.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • At first his father had made an ornamental draughtsman of him for personal use.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • In the case of an ornamental boat the rudder can be fixed as shown in Fig. 115.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • An ornamental tree with dense foliage; often cultivated from Europe.

  • The plaza is also shaded by thick clusters of ornamental trees.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • I did not suppose it could be made either useful or ornamental.

    Whittier-land Samuel T. Pickard
  • He may be an ornamental, but he is certainly not ipso facto a useful, member of society.

    The Curse of Education Harold E. Gorst
British Dictionary definitions for ornamental

ornamental

/ˌɔːnəˈmɛntəl/
adjective
1.
of value as an ornament; decorative
2.
(of a plant) used to decorate houses, gardens, etc
noun
3.
a plant cultivated for show or decoration
Derived Forms
ornamentally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ornamental
adj.

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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