- (of a character) highly embellished or ornate; altered by embellishment.
Origin of ornamented
- an accessory, article, or detail used to beautify the appearance of something to which it is added or of which it is a part: architectural ornaments.
- a system, category, or style of such objects or features; ornamentation: a book on Gothic ornament.
- any adornment or means of adornment.
- a person or thing that adds to the credit or glory of a society, era, etc.
- the act of adorning.
- the state of being adorned.
- mere outward display: a speech more of ornament than of ideas.
- Chiefly Ecclesiastical. any accessory, adjunct, or equipment.
- Music. a tone or group of tones applied as decoration to a principal melodic tone.
- to furnish with ornaments; embellish: to ornament a musical composition.
- to be an ornament to: Several famous scientists were acquired to ornament the university.
Origin of ornament
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Examples from the Web for ornamented
The inside was ornamented, too, and there was an altar in there.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
The room, I now for the first time observed, was ornamented with flowers.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
The beams of the ceiling, ornamented with amber, rose in wide arches.The Chinese Fairy Book
The windows of the Tuileries were ornamented, and were filled with people.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
The Title-page is ornamented with the Aldine device and motto as in No.The Complete Poetical Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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- anything that enhances the appearance of a person or thing
- decorations collectivelyshe was totally without ornament
- a small decorative object
- something regarded as a source of pride or beauty
- music any of several decorations, such as the trill, mordent, etc, occurring chiefly as improvised embellishments in baroque music
- to decorate with or as if with ornaments
- to serve as an ornament to
Word Origin and History for ornamented
1720, from ornament (n.). Middle English used ournen (late 14c.) in this sense, from Old French orner, from Latin ornare. Related: Ornamented; ornamenting.
early 13c., "an accessory," from Old French ornement "ornament, decoration," and directly from Latin ornamentum "apparatus, equipment, trappings; embellishment, decoration, trinket," from ornare "equip, adorn" (see ornate). Meaning "decoration, embellishment" in English is attested from late 14c. (also a secondary sense in classical Latin). Figurative use from 1550s.