- elaborately or sumptuously adorned, often excessively or showily so: They bought an ornate Louis XIV sofa.
- embellished with rhetoric; florid or high-flown: an ornate style of writing.
Origin of ornate
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Examples from the Web for ornate
The tomb, though much smaller than the palace, is similarly a vision of ornate twists, arches, and peaks.The Postman Who Built a Palace in France…by Hand
November 20, 2014
Entering the theater brings visitors to an ornate lobby with vaulted ceilings, golden walls, and an enormous chandelier.
In 1997, Whit Stillman re-created Studio 54 in its ornate lobby for his film The Last Days of Disco.
Their services have been held in small chapels, ornate synagogues, simple firehouses, and grand cathedrals.The Resilient City: New York After 9/11
September 11, 2014
Stairways painted blue connect covered walkways stuffed with small stores selling jewelry, scarves, and ornate pottery.Morocco's Secret All-Blue City
August 28, 2014
The mass was an ornate one, though not more so than they were accustomed to at Beaulieu.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
During the remaining years of the century the foot was worked into ornate lobes.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
His eyes and tongue were caught away by the ornate structure of the opera-house.In a Little Town
Its crenellations and turrets are military and forceful, not ornate.Cathedrals and Cloisters of the South of France, Volume 1
Elise Whitlock Rose
Yes, it is very handsome, no doubt, but too ornate and pie-crusty for my—taste.Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman
Emma Speed Sampson
- heavily or elaborately decorated
- (of style in writing) overembellished; flowery
Word Origin and History for ornate
early 15c., from Latin ornatus "fitted out, furnished, supplied; adorned, decorated, embellished," past participle of ornare "adorn, fit out," from stem of ordo "order" (see order (n.)). Earliest reference is to literary style. Related: Ornately; ornateness.